Arch Venture Partners Vizgen Raises $37M in Series B Financing The Harvard spinout will use the proceeds to commercialize its Merscope technology for spatial transcriptomics and increase manufacturing capacity. Vizgen Launches With $14M Series A Financing The firm, cofounded by several Harvard University researchers, is commercializing a single-cell spatial transcriptomics technology called MERFISH. Gene Editing Firm Homology Medicines Raises $43.5M in Series A Funding The new company hopes to turn recombinant adeno-associated virus-based gene editing, which has minimal off-target effects, into new therapies. Codiak BioSciences Launches With $80M Financing to Develop Exosome-Based Products The new firm will be based in the Boston area and is co-founded by MD Anderson Professor Raghu Kalluri and Broad Institute Director Eric Lander. Non-Profits, Investors Worry About Proposed Washington State Tax Surcharge Increase Leroy Hood called the bill short-sighted and said that over the long-term it could potentially reduce the attractiveness of starting up companies in the Seattle area. Jan 21, 2010 Decode Assets Sold to Saga Investments; Relaunched as Private Company Jan 15, 2010 Court Approves Sale of Decode Assets to Saga Investments Apr 22, 2009 UMich Spinout Lycera Nets $36M in VC Cash; Taps NYU Immunologist for New Research Program Premium Mar 4, 2009 Fate Therapeutics Bolsters Academic Stem-Cell IP Portfolio with Whitehead Institute License Premium Breaking News SUPER Psychosis Study Presented at ASHG Digs Into Relationships of Rare Variants, Phenotypes People in the News: New Appointments at Myriad Genetics, Becton Dickinson, Delfi Diagnostics, More In Brief This Week: Virginia Commonwealth University, Dovetail Genomics, Lucid Diagnostics, and More New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Bio-Rad, PerkinElmer, Ares Genetics, Purigen Biosystems, More Genetron Health, Fosun Ink Commercialization Deal for Seq-MRD Test in China MultiMuTHER Team Tracks Expression, Metabolite Relationships in Aging TwinsUK Participants The Scan More Boosters for US Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes. From a Pig A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports. For Privacy's Sake Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws. Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.