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NIH funded 487,900 jobs in 2010 and generated $68 billion in economic activity, a coalition of public and private partners said in a new report.

The institute plans to issue a funding announcement for a repository to store samples and conduct DNA extraction and genotyping.

Spending on life science tools rose 13 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, suggesting that the "effects of the continuing resolution on NIH budgets have not dampened the underlying demand for tools in the US academic sector."

The Protein Structure Initiative program starts its third phase with grants supporting its Biology Centers, Membrane Protein Structure Determination Centers, resource centers, and high-throughput biology partnerships.

Under the five-year project, the parties will investigate 180 potential biomarkers in plasma samples from 7,000 participants in the Framingham Heart Study.

The director described for a House Appropriations subcommittee NIH's plans for the $32.2 billion budget, including genomics-related research. He also called the stimulus bill "a wonderful investment."

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Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine and Deloitte are looking into the use of drones to transport samples for testing. 

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm 23andMe is laying off about 100 people.

Researchers from Northwestern University examined dust for antibiotic-resistance genes, New Scientist reports. 

In Science this week: researchers present a computational method for predicting cellular differentiation state from single-cell RNA sequencing data, and more.