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The National Institutes of Health has awarded a team of Harvard University researchers nearly $300,000 to develop a new microarray platform capable of imaging millions of bacterial cells in an overnight experiment.

Under the terms of the deal, Holliston, Mass.-based Digilab will sell Axela's Ziplex system for gene and protein expression analysis and dotLab mX system for real-time immunoassays.

The deal calls for Digilab to market new versions of Axela's proprietary flow-through technologies, the Ziplex system and the dotLab mX system.

Nearly four years after it acquired Harvard Bioscience's Genomic Solutions business, DigiLab is looking to parlay those microarray assets into the market for live cell arrays, and the stem cell research market in particular.

The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.