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BioArray Briefs: 2009.03.03

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Febit, READNA Consortium, US Department of Agriculture, Autogenomics, Oxford Gene Technology, Optra, Gene Logic, Genstruct, Global Biomarker Conference

The company has launched a new personal genomics service designed to provide cancer patients with information about specific treatment options that their physicians might otherwise overlook.

Oxford Gene Tech, Optra Systems, Genedata, Syngenta, Floragenex, National Center for Genome Resources, GenoLogics, Genstruct, Gene Logic, Arizona Biomedical Research Commission, 5AM Solutions

The Umbrella Institute

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The Hunter Medical Research Institute was started to bring together biomedical and clinical scientists — and the results have been so positive that it has become a model for how to accomplish translational research.

In doing so, SIROCCO is meeting its goal of making its discoveries and technologies freely accessible to the research community.

IP Update: Feb 26, 2009

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USPTO Publishes Six RNAi-Related Patent Applications

The companies have signed a co-marketing and development pact for toxicity screenign tools and a personalized medicine pact.

The partners intend to sequence 1,000 genomes of people with cancer and create a compendium of cancer genome information.

The Quest For Function

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Small RNA research continues to heat up as scientists deploy experimental and new computational tools to elucidate function. Plus, a peek at new findings in snoRNAs and moRs.

Already, the promise of synthetic biology is being realized as this level of engineering is brought into drug development. GT looks into synthetic biology drugs in the pipeline and where this field is heading.

Taking vitamin E, selenium, or both for several weeks before having a prostatectomy can alter gene expression in prostate cancer biopsy samples.

According to unaudited, pro forma data, Panomics would have added $10.7 million to Affy's total revenues for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2008, and $11 million to the company's top line in fiscal year 2007.

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BioArray Briefs: 2009.02.24

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Signature Genomic Labs, HTG, CRL Global Services, Decode Genetics, Kreatech, BioMicro, Agilent, Scienion

Short Reads: Feb 24, 2009

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Intelligent Bio-Systems, Norwich Ventures, National Human Genome Research Institute, Floragenex, National Center for Genome Resources, Decode Genetics, DNAStar, Infogen

An international research team suggests high-resolution melting analysis is a useful tool for assessing DNA methylation in fixed tissue samples.

High Throughput Genomics has turned to Clinical Reference Laboratory for CLIA-certified testing services using its qNPA technology.

Sylentis will perform the initial clinical trial on its own in Spain for logistical reasons, but expects to later test the topically administered drug in other countries, including the US, according to a company official.

The grants will help pay for research into the function of conserved miRNAs in plants, the role the non-coding RNAs play in human T- and B-cell activation, the impact of miRNAs in brain cancer, and how miRNAs affect the aging process.

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.