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Wisconsin-based GenTel Awarded $250K State Loan

NEW YORK, July 6 (GenomeWeb News) - GenTel BioSurfaces, a Madison, Wis.-based microarray vendor, will receive a $250,000 loan from the state government.


According to a report by the Wisconsin Technology Network, the loan is part of the state Department of Commerce's Technology Venture Fund program, which helps small in-state technology companies with funding repayable at low interest rates.


The 10-man GenTel shop plans to bring a product to market next year, GenTel president Alex Vodenlich is quoted as stating in the article.

Vodenlich estimated the total cost of bringing its chips to the market could be $1.7 millionThe total cost of the project is about $1.7 million, $250,000 of which has already been offset by federal funding, Vodenlich told the online regional news source.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.