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The anticipated weak mass-spec market has not stopped vendors from launching new instruments, which may pay off later in the year when spending from the economic stimulus package could hit instrument manufacturers.

The University Funds, which operates under a "venture-development" model, has a $50 million investment fund and is reviewing research and intellectual property from UA and six other partner institutions with the goal of forming 10 companies.

The state is hoping that federal agencies will approve at least the $8.7 billion in grants the state expects to win under the $787 billion economic stimulus measure signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17.

Supporters of the bill, which last year died in a state House committee, say it will pass this year because it would include as recipients developers of "any emerging" technology, such as alternative energy and nanotechnology.

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Building on its experience in different technology areas, the company is currently developing the single-molecule platform, which it plans to start testing next year with external collaborators such as the J. Craig Venter Institute.

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The public-private BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota said the state should develop clusters in animal health, food, biofuel/renewable energy, and renewable materials capable of competing with other states.

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The $3 million Stem Cell Commercialization Facility will open in June within 2,508 square feet of TechOne, the 100,000-square-foot first building of up to three that are planned to comprise the tech park, called TechTown.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.