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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.

The firm plans to integrate its technology with a compatible microfluidic sample prep method developed by researchers at Columbia University.

SolveBio is continuing development of a cloud-based genetic variation analysis and visualization system called Variant Explorer.

The grant is specifically intended to support the development of noninvasive, rapid tests that can be used at the point of care in developing country settings.

The funding builds on more than $1.7 million already awarded to the firm, which is building a diagnostic for characterizing patients in clinical trials.

The company aims to commercialize the platform and related services by late 2018.

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Dan Rather, the former CBS Evening News anchor and executive producer of a new documentary, writes at the Guardian that everyone needs to know about CRISPR.

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