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UC Santa Cruz is collaborating with Microsoft's research arm to use Azure to analyze data from several genomics projects focused on pediatric cancer and other diseases.

The strategy could be applied more widely to study the development of other organ systems, and will benefit from new single-cell gene expression analysis technology.

US Patent 8,521,441. Method and computer product for reducing flurophore-specific bias. Inventors: Roland Stoughton, Hongyue Dai. Assignee: Microsoft

US Patent 8,494,779. Method for screening essential metabolites in growth of microorganisms Inventors: Sang Yup Lee, Hawoong Jeong, Tae Yong Kim, Pan-Jun Kim, Kwang Ho Lee. Assignee: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

US Patent 8,467,974. System, method, and computer software for the presentation and storage of analysis results. Inventors: Shantanu Kaushikkar, Teresa Webster, Rui Mei, Linda McAllister. Assignee: Affymetrix

US Patent 8,417,462. System and method for identifying complex patterns of amino acids. Inventors: Samuel Bogoch, Elenore Bogoch, Samuel Winston Bogoch, Anne Elenore Borsanyi. Assignee: Not Listed

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.

UK-based drug discovery services firm Molplex is using Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure to build its computational compound screening business.

This story originally ran on June 7.

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The US National Institutes of Health's All of Us project awarded $4.6 million to the company Color to develop a genetic counseling resource for the program.

The Times of India reports on a pilot study that used genomic testing to determine whether patients had drug-resistant tuberculosis.

New guidelines say that more women may benefit from genetic testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In Cell this week: small proteins identified among human microbiome, role for tumor microbes in pancreatic cancer survival, and more.