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Under the collaboration, SeqWright, a sequencing service provider based in Houston, will use NimbleGen's sequence capture technology and 454's sequencing platform to selectively enrich and sequence approximately 40 megabases of the human genome.

SeqWright will use the sequencing and sequence capture technologies to identify disease variants.

An Alexandria official would not discuss whether the deal would hasten a decision to begin the project's second phase, which has been delayed due to the ongoing economic upheaval.

Sirius will work with a system of 37 hospitals to test biomarkers for severe sepsis drug response.

The agreement is an extension of an existing deal between the two companies for access to Cerep's GPCR screening portfolio.

Findings from the initiative "could ultimately form the basis for collaboration or licensing agreements between Lilly and external institutions," the company said.

Linguamatics plans this year to continue building a customer base among large pharmaceutical firms, while Bioalma is eyeing the academic market to help drive growth in 2009.

News Scan: Feb 27, 2009

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The agreement extends a screening collaboration between the firms into a fourth year.

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NPR says the explosion and fire earlier this week at a Russian lab that stores dangerous pathogens revives the question of whether such samples should be kept.

According to Wired, Nebula Genomics is providing a way for people to get their genomes sequenced anonymously.

A 26-year-old woman tells Cosmopolitan about learning her APOE status at a young age.

In Science journals this week: a functional genomic screen uncovers drug combination that increases KRAS inhibitor efficacy in aggressive lung cancer, and more.