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Biocept announced the hiring of Amy McNeal as its new senior director of managed care and reimbursement strategies. Biocept is a molecular diagnostics firm specializing in analysis of biomarkers from circulating tumor cells and DNA.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Autism Speaks said today it will collaborate with Google to create a database of genomic information on autism spectrum disorder that will be an open resource for use by autism researchers and will be available via the Google Cloud Platform.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Google has signed on to join the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH), an international initiative that seeks to make genomic data more useful and secure, the Internet services and products firm said in a post on its Research Blog last week.

Arrayit recently announced that it had shipped microarray and other life sciences products to Illumina and Google.

Companies that sell or are developing microarray-based tests for early stage autism diagnosis will soon face off against a competitor with a next-generation sequencing-based offering.

Cancer Research UK is working with the Citizen Science Alliance, Google, Amazon Web Services, Facebook, and academic partners such as Cambridge University to design and develop a free game for smartphones that will help researchers identify chromosomal rearrangements associated w

Increasing activity from sequencing vendors and other new players, as well as a flurry of activity around clinical data analysis software and the commercialization of a number of open source tools were the key trends in the bioinformatics community in 2012.

This article has been updated to change the previously reported 'phase algorithm' to 'RF-ACE algorithm'and to clarify that Apache and Spring Framework are two separate programs

This article has been updated to correct the sixth paragraph, which had incorrectly stated that Google Cloud Storage will take over hosting of the SRA from the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Three bioinformatics projects have been accepted as mentoring organizations for this summer's Google Summer of Code internship — a Google-sponsored student program for open-source projects.

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen also contributed to brain research, NPR reports.

The New York Times reports on the shifting interpretations of what some genetic variants mean over time.

MIT's Technology Review reports on Genentech's pursuit of personalized cancer vaccines.

In Cell this week: investigation of metastatic tumor evolution, more than 16,000 genetic variants introduced into the budding yeast model organism, and more.