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The two-year award will fund development and commercialization of the firm's HLS-Catch platform and follows a previous grant of $191,535.

Gencove offers low-coverage whole-genome sequencing and has developed imputation algorithms and informatics to extract useful information from the data.

The firm will work with investigators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia to validate its AIR system in CRISPR workflows.

The device can process high-volume sputum samples for PCR-based Mycobacterium tuberculosis detection at smear-negative, culture-positive levels.

With several SBIR grants from the NIH, the firm is also using its Liquid Scan platform to identify neonatal trophoblast cells in maternal blood samples.

Omics Data Automation, founded by creators of the Intel-OHSU Collaborative Cancer Cloud, has also created an open-source community for users of the Broad's GenomicsDB.

DiaCarta scientists will partner with the University of Florida Health Cancer Center to analyze blood samples from up to 500 cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy.

With an SBIR Phase II grant in hand, Michigan startup Parabricks is adding both speed and AI to variant calling as it eyes a Series A round next year.

In addition to the federal grant, the startup has received $125,000 from a Michigan technology fund to help commercialize its GPU-based analysis platform.

The company will use the funds to develop and refine proprietary algorithms for identifying more complex variants including translocations and inversions. 

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The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.