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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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A man has confessed to the rape and murder of developmental biologist Suzanne Eaton, according to the New York Times.

The Irish Times reports that US lawmakers and law enforcement agencies are concerned about ties between the US and Chinese genomics firms.

Parents of children with spinal muscular atrophy tell the Washington Post they are pushing to get insurance coverage of Novartis's Zolgensma.

In PNAS this week: gene mutations in individuals with syndromic craniosynostosis, putative colorectal cancer drivers, and more.