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US Genomics Wins $7.5M Biodefense Government Contract for Pathogen Sensor

NEW YORK, May 10 (GenomeWeb News) - US Genomics has received a $7.5 million phase I contract from the US Department of Homeland Security Advanced Research Project Agency to develop a biological sensor, the company said today.


Under the 18-month contract, the company plans to develop a sensor for detecting and identifying airborne pathogens, based on its DNA mapping technology. This technology requires no amplification or use of pathogen-specific reagents, according to the Woburn, Mass.-based company.

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Rare Genetic Disease Partnership

A public-private partnership plans to speed the development of gene therapies for rare genetic diseases, Stat News writes.

Approval Sought for Alzheimer's Drug

The Wall Street Journal reports Eli Lilly has initiated a rolling submission to the US Food and Drug Administration to seek approval for its drug to treat Alzheimer's disease.

DNA Barcoding Paper Retracted

Science reports that a 2014 DNA barcoding paper was retracted after a co-author brought up data validity concerns.

Nature Papers Present Genomic Analysis of Bronze Age Mummies, Approach to Study Host-Pathogen Interactions

In Nature this week: analysis finds Tarim mummies had local genetic origin, and more.