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The 80,448-square-foot Hershey Center for Applied Research, opened two years ago, is the first of up to a dozen buildings totaling 1.2 million square feet envisioned for a 165-acre campus near Penn State's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

In the first phase of the three-part pilot program, three projects will be chosen from 10 institutions in the Philadelphia region, Delaware, and New Jersey to receive one-year grants worth as much as $200,000 for proof-of-concept studies.

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News Briefs: Feb 4, 2009

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Nature News reports on the US National Science Foundation's investigations of undisclosed foreign ties among researchers it funds.

Researchers have developed a set of 10 principles to guide how a list of all species on earth should be put together, the Guardian reports.

Wired reports on a new firm developing a gene writing approach for therapeutic genome changes.

In Nature this week: a method called cis-X combines whole-genome and transcriptome sequencing data to identify regulatory noncoding variants, and more.