Sandia National Laboratories’ recent announcement of its new biotech initiative was more self-affirmation than news. But it does prove that a little advance planning can go a long way. The initiative, a strategy for rounding up Sandia’s scattered biology efforts and coordinating them, started in April of 1999 at “a half-day meeting of the senior management,” according to Len Napolitano, acting director in Sandia’s biosystems research department.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

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