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Janssen and J&J's Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics group have worldwide exclusive rights to develop and commercialize assays on the Biocartis platform in the fields of neurological disease and certain viral infectious diseases.

The agreement calls for Kinaxo to provide quantitative analyses of PTMs on a proteome-wide scale with the expectation that "such comprehensive analysis will gain valuable insights into cellular functions of potential drug targets," the company said in a statement.

While the use of sequencing in disease research for both Mendelian and complex diseases continued to advance during the year, 2010 also saw the launch of several sequencing-based diagnostic tests, as well as pharmaceutical companies entering the sequencing field and the first examples of sequencing being used to make decisions on patient treatment.

The partners will develop a bench-top platform to isolate and explore the biology of rare cells at the protein, RNA, and DNA levels.

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

The company will use its lead discovery service to study compounds for J&JPRD.

Instead of focusing on whole-genome sequencing, which they all said was still too expensive, the three pharma companies are focusing on either specific genes, a portion of the exome, or the transcriptome.

SpeeDx, a spinout of Johnson & Johnson's Australian research subsidiary, claims its multi-component nucleic acid enzymes, or MNAzymes, provide significant advantages over current enzymes for multiplex qPCR applications.

The World Wide Web Consortium's Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group is plotting a semantic course to help find ways for pharma to communicate across drug discovery and development phases.

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A New Zealand minister says the country's genetic modification laws need to be re-examined to help combat climate change, the New Zealand Herald reports.

A new analysis finds some cancers receive more nonprofit dollars than others.

An Australian mother's conviction in the deaths of her children may be re-examined after finding that two of the children carried a cardiac arrhythmia-linked gene variant.

In Science this week: comparative analysis of sex differences in mammal gene expression, and more.