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The firms announced a deal to identify strategic investments in technology areas within agriculture "to support and complement Monsanto's interests and potential growth areas."

The startup has now raised a total of $26 million in Series A financing to support development of a biomarker-based cancer diagnostic.

The new preliminary prospectus offers for sale around 9.6 million shares by shareholders of the firm. Helicos won't receive any proceeds from the sale.

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Helicos filed the prospectus for 68.4 million shares held by investors who participated in a private placement in December. The firm would receive none of the proceeds from the sale of those shares, if any of them are sold.

Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.

Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.

Vox explores a proposal to institute a lottery system to award grant funds.

In Genome Biology this week: gut microbiome study of individuals from Tanzania and Botswana, sixth version of the Network of Cancer Genes database, and more.