Everyone’s heard IBM boast that it will capture the genomics market with DiscoveryLink. And you’d have to live under a rock to have escaped similar claims by Compaq, Sun, and Cray. But what’s with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s recent string of pitches to the field? According to vice president of life sciences at Oracle, Jon Simmons, last year’s reorganization of the company’s life sciences initiatives has led to increased awareness of its existing presence in the field.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

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