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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. 

The firm will use the funds to advance its high-throughput single-cell analysis platform to analyze heterogeneity in cell populations for research and drug discovery.

Fueled by an NIH SBIR grant, analytics firm Cytobank is building out its machine-learning algorithms and adding pipelines to support big-picture research.

The firm plans to make the molecular testing system accessible to low-income countries, in part by reducing costs using reel-to-reel manufacturing.

The automated, whole-genome directional genomic hybridization system can measure de novo random, low-frequency, and complex structural variations.

As part of an NIH SBIR grant, Genomenon is automating the curation of medical literature in its Mastermind variant interpretation software.

The company said it will use the funding to accelerate the development of an affordable sequencing test for metagenomic samples.

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This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.