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Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation was among the investors in the company's $22 million Series C financing round.

Google has named OBF among 150 mentoring organizations for the 2010 Google Summer of Code — a student internship program for open-source projects.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based direct-to-consumer genomics firm has had a round of layoffs that it said were necessary to remain in business in a difficult economic climate. Competing DTC genomics firms have had cutbacks or are proceeding cautiously.

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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Kelvin Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the new acting director of the US National Science Foundation.

An opinion piece at the Guardian discusses the state of SARS-CoV-2 testing in the UK.

Wired reports the University of California, Berkeley's Innovative Genomics Institute has transformed itself into a diagnostic lab to run SARS-CoV-2 tests.

In Nature this week: direct-capture Perturb-seq approach for combinatorial single-cell CRISPR screens, potential uses of genome-editing in breeding crops, and more.