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The partners have been working together since 2013 to use cancer and cardiovascular genomics for drug discovery.

The Boston-based synthetic biology company will use the proceeds to grow Bioworks3, its new organism foundry, and to expand into new markets.

Backed by €19 million in EU funding, the initiative, called BigData@Heart, will create a research platform that could change the way cardiovascular diseases are diagnosed and treated.

Both deals should advance Ginkgo's custom microbe business as it expands into consumer goods markets such as cosmetics, nutrition, and food.

Companion diagnostics developed under the deal will be based on RNAscope and immunohistochemistry technology.

The deal gives Bayer access to the T2 Magnetic Resonance technology for drug discovery and biomarker research in certain hemostasis programs.

The deal with ERS Genomics, a commercialization vehicle for Emmanuelle Charpentier's patents, gives the Bayer LifeScience Center access to CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing.

The company's Avatar platform cultures and propagates a variety of cell types in an in vivo-like environment to yield more accurate and relevant molecular analyses.

The JV will be based in London with operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts and will develop new treatments for blood disorders, blindness, and congenital heart disease.

The deal expands one reached in 2013 to discover and develop therapeutic agents targeting cancer genome alterations. 

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Sometimes genetic tests give inconclusive results and provide little reassurance to patients, the Associated Press reports.

Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.

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With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.