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The 155,000-square-foot building will give the firm a home in Granta Park, a BioMed Realty Trust research center located near Cambridge University.

San Diego-based sequencing technology company Illumina 's new campus.

The 360,000–square-foot campus in Foster City, Calif. will be available for occupation starting in 2017.

JCVI will continue to base some 300 scientists and staffers at the Rockville, Md., site and carry out research on the campus under a 10-year renewable sale-leaseback agreement with buyer BioMed Realty Trust, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust.

HCP and BioMed Realty, two of the nation's largest publicly-traded owners of life sciences space, offered largely upbeat updates on their businesses this week following the release of their quarterly financial results.

A total of six facilities comprising more than 2 million square feet are in New York's pipeline of life-sci space, according to the panelists who spoke at the New York Biotechnology Association's annual meeting this week.

Shire Owings Mills (Md.) Plant, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Wareham Development, PATH, Fall River (Mass.) Executive Park, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth Bioprocessing Facility, Silicon Border, Sapphire Engineering, Campanelli Business Park, University of California-Davis M.I.N.D., Institute, Doe & Ingalls of North Carolina, Covaris, Life Technologies, BioMed Realty Trust, Shasun Pharma Solutions

Two top BioMed officials told investors that stronger activity at two nearly-completed Northeast projects and a stash of cash will enable it to continue paying customary dividends, though conceded a slowdown in Bay Area leasing.

Top executives last week from Alexandria Real Estate Equities, BioMed Realty Trust, and HCP said life-sci shops are increasingly skittish about leasing new space for the long term, leading the REITs to reduce spending on construction and renovation projects this year.

A representative of the real estate investment trust said that the amount of space it builds hinges on an agreement with one or more tenants to redevelop an underused parking lot.

Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.