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Google has now invested around $7 million through two rounds of private financing in the consumer genetics firm.

The grant "will be used to find out if remote clusters of computers are a better option for DNA sequence analysis than local clusters of computers."

Maryland Biotechnology Investment Tax Credits, Missouri Senate Bills 45 and 572, Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, Genome Analysis Centre, Georgia hESC Funding, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Bio Nebraska, Google Ventures, Thrive

Short Reads: Mar 17, 2009

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champgain, 23andMe, Michael J. Fox Foundaton for Parkinson's Research, Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center, SeqWright, Roche NimbleGen, Chronix Biomedical, Genome Atlantic, Agilent Technologies

Working to enroll thousands of individuals with Parkinson's into an online community, Sergey Brin, 23andMe, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and the Parkinson's Institute are teaming up to offer 23andMe services at a bargain price.

Funding Update: Feb 24, 2009

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Sequencing-Related NSF Grants Awarded Dec. 17, 2008 – Feb. 24, 2009

Entelos, GlaxoSmithKline, Insilicos, Sciformatix, E&K, EMBL, Genomatix, Fox Chase Cancer Center, BioDiscovery, Roche, Genedata

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.