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The deal brings to six the number of academic institutions from which Fate has licensed IP related to using small molecules to induce pluripotency in stem cells for therapeutic effect, drug discovery, and matched cell-replacement therapies.

If MedImmune can develop and market a drug based on the discovery, it could be a financial boost to the institute, which hopes to diversify its revenue sources once cash from sole corporate sponsor Kirin Pharma USA dries up in 2010.

The FDA has confirmed to DxS that its TheraScreen KRAS test is a Class III device. The company is in the process of submitting its premarket approval application to the agency.

At the public meeting, speakers from groups representing employers and employees pointed out the need for the EEOC to clarify "inadvertent acquisition" of genetic information under which employers would not be held in violation of the law and to provide specific examples of the types of genetic information linked to "manifested diseases" which the law does not protect.

The data presented last week at the Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference showed that the investigational test detected "dramatically different" miRNA expression patterns in the blood of cancer patients compared to those who were cancer-free.

The center will use the GGA in disease and epigenetics research.

Safeway raised the money from stores during breast cancer awareness month.

Patent Reform Act reintroduced; FDA clears UF-developed wound care tech; GSK inks ophthalmology research pact with University College London, and more ...

Using gene expression and copy number analyses of dozens of endometrial cancers, an international research team has turned up characteristic expression profiles and gene amplifications linked to poor outcomes.

Both the project and the service are designed to offer cancer patients detailed information about their tumor at a timescale that can help their physicians tailor treatments. However, some experts say the results will not benefit many patients today.

The firm will use the undisclosed amount to optimize the protocols for its genomic-selection application and to start building a sales and marketing force that "will become more visible in the second half of this year," CEO Fred Dom said.

Complete Genomics will use its DNA sequencing technology to sequence five samples provided by the Broad Institute.

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Microarray-Related Papers of Note, February 2009

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

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American and British researchers assessed DNA methylation patterns in colorectal cancers from a dozen patients to try to understand clonal expansion and cancer stem cell patterns in these tumors.

The public-private BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota said the state should develop clusters in animal health, food, biofuel/renewable energy, and renewable materials capable of competing with other states.

Speakers at the Future of Genomic Medicine conference tempered their enthusiasm about the field by highlighting a number of obstacles standing in the way of making whole-genome studies a standard part of medical care.

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.

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Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine and Deloitte are looking into the use of drones to transport samples for testing. 

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm 23andMe is laying off about 100 people.

Researchers from Northwestern University examined dust for antibiotic-resistance genes, New Scientist reports. 

In Science this week: researchers present a computational method for predicting cellular differentiation state from single-cell RNA sequencing data, and more.