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WiCell Research Institute Debuts Stem Cell Bank
The WiCell Research Institute this week said that it is launching a stem cell bank to distribute cell lines beyond the 21 lines that are eligible for federal funding and distribution through the National Stem Cell Bank.
The WiCell International Stem Cell Bank is initially offering three induced pluripotent stem cell lines derived in the laboratory of James Thomson, a professor of anatomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of regenerative biology at the Morgridge Institute for Research, part of the new Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.
WiCell said it hopes to add additional cell lines, such as disease model cell lines, from other providers locally and worldwide to the WISCB in the near future.
To obtain cells, researchers must complete an agreement ensuring the cells will be used only for non-profit research and pay a $900 per vial transfer/cost recovery fee plus shipping costs. In addition, the WiCell Research Institute will provide technical support for the long-term establishment of the iPS cells.

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

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Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.