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Solexa Closes $17M in Second Financing Round

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 – Solexa, a UK-based developer of high-throughput technology, has closed on roughly $12 million in its second round of venture capital financing, the company said on Monday.

Nick McCooke, Solexa's president and managing director, told GenomeWeb that the cash will be used to help create “the next generation of DNA sequencing tools.” McCooke reckons this recent cash infusion should be enough help the company meet that goal, which he said would likely happen within two years.

Schroder Ventre Life Sciences led the round, which was in negotiations since May, McCooke said.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.