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Going forward, the company will focus on its wholly owned subsidiary Medicinal Genomics Corporation, which conducts cannabis genetics research.

The SBIR Phase 1 award will go toward developing a test using immuno-PCR technology to detect toxins in medical marijuana. 

The two firms are collaborating on a system to share genotypic, phenotypic, and treatment outcomes data with physicians on a mobile-device network.

Courtagen will use its ZiPhyr bioinformatics pipeline to help Astellas develop a predictive model that can be used in early-stage drug development.

The life sciences company can now offer its genetic tests in all 50 states in the US, as well as Canada and several other countries. 

Courtagen Raises $20M

Proceeds from the financing will be used "to expand our ability to deliver leading-edge services to our customers," Courtagen's CEO said. 

A spokesman for Courtagen, which develops NGS-based tests for ailments such as mitochondrial disorders, the $7.5 million is part of a financing round expected to bring in about $17 million. 

The deals are with Pronto Diagnostics, headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel and Medica Labs, based in Bangkok, Thailand.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Courtagen Life Sciences today announced a deal with Bioinn Molecular Diagnosis to provide Courtagen's clinical next-generation sequencing tests for neurological and metabolic disorders in Taiwan.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Courtagen Life Sciences has raised about $6.3 million, the genetic testing firm disclosed in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this week.

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Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.