The life-science sector saw declines in venture capital funding during the first quarter, according to two VC surveys, which differed on how steep the falloff had been.
 
The results reflect not only the sputtering US economy and the resulting investor skittishness, but also shifts in the types of companies pursuing private equity, the amounts they seek, and what they plan to do with the money, several market watchers told BioRegion News.
 

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The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

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