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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.

Researchers have developed a robotic lab assistant, the Verge reports.

CBC News reports Canada's Supreme Court is to rule on the constitutionality of the country's genetic non-discrimination law today.

The Associated Press reports the World Health Organization is sending experts to China to investigate the animal source of SARS-CoV-2.

In Science this week: atlas of affected cell populations in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and more.