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U.S. Genomics Wins $500,000 DARPA Grant for Pathogen Detection

NEW YORK, Sept. 4-The federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded U.S. Genomics nearly $500,000 to adapt its linear DNA analysis technology for pathogen detection, the company said today.

With the grant, U.S. Genomics will determine how its GeneEngine technology might be used for rapid detection and identification of infectious agents. Such a system could be useful in counteracting a biological warfare, the company said.

The Scan

Harvard Team Report One-Time Base Editing Treatment for Motor Neuron Disease in Mice

A base-editing approach restored SMN levels and improved motor function in a mouse model of spinal muscular atrophy, a new Science paper reports.

International Team Examines History of North American Horses

Genetic and other analyses presented in Science find that horses spread to the northern Rockies and Great Plains by the first half of the 17th century.

New Study Examines Genetic Dominance Within UK Biobank

Researchers analyze instances of genetic dominance within UK Biobank data, as they report in Science.

Cell Signaling Pathway Identified as Metastasis Suppressor

A new study in Nature homes in on the STING pathway as a suppressor of metastasis in a mouse model of lung cancer.