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Orchid Wins $2.7M Forensic DNA Testing Contract from LAPD

NEW YORK, Jan. 6 (GenomeWeb News) - Orchid Cellmark, a unit of Princeton, NJ-based Orchid BioSciences, has won a contract to conduct forensic DNA analyses for the Los Angeles Police Department, the company said today.

 

Under the three-year, $2.7 million contract, Orchid will test DNA from new as well as backlogged cases.

 

Orchid Cellmark has conducted DNA analyses for the LAPD and the Los Angeles District Attorney for 15 years. It provides similar services to hundreds of US police departments and criminal justice agencies, according to the company.

The Scan

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A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

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NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

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Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

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