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NIH Gives Fluidigm and Berkeley Lab $1M to Develop Microfluidic Chip
 
Fluidigm and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have received $1 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop a microfluidic chip to collect in situ X-ray diffraction data.
 
The chip will enable researchers to screen protein crystals at a synchrotron without first having to remove them from the chip.
 
The grant is for two years. According to a statement, the chip would allow researchers to identify the best crystals for diffraction experiment using actual X-ray data rather than relying on quantitative measures.
 

 
Genomics Research to Play Role in $390M Aussie Gov't Biotech Initiative
 
Australia plans to pump AU$500 million ($389 million) into building research infrastructure and facilities for genomic analysis, gene discovery, and medical imaging, among other projects, according to the nation's Minister for Education, Science and Training.
 
The funding is part of a drive announced by Minister Julie Bishop that aims to take research discoveries made by Australian scientists from the lab and into the world.
 
The money will fund a National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, which Bishop said "will support emerging industries, such as nanotechnology and biotechnology products, underpin mature industries and help to address national challenges, such as generating sustainable energy and managing our natural resources.”  
 
In a statement, Bishop said that facilities are being developed in collaboration with the Australian government, state and territory governments, universities, research agencies and industry.
 
An additional AU$640 million in cash and in-kind contributions have been pledged so far for the facilities, in addition to the NCRIS funding, the statement said.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.