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US Patent 8,050,870. Identifying associations using graphical models. Inventors: David Heckerman, Jonathan Carlson, Carl Kadie. Assignee: Microsoft

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Researchers at Virginia Tech; the University of North Carolina, Charlotte; and the J. Craig Venter Institute will have free access to the Azure cloud platform as part of a two-year agreement between the NSF and Microsoft.

Microsoft Research launched a beta release of the next version of the Microsoft Biology Foundation toolkit and a coding contest to develop applications for the software.

At a meeting of the Pistoia Alliance last week, six vendors unveiled four cloud-based proof-of-concept platforms designed to provide a service for pharma to store and mine proprietary and public gene databases.

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The study, which surveyed more than 2,000 people, found that the "results of a direct-to-consumer genomic risk test do not affect health-related behavior."

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The Microsoft development team is asking the scientific community to submit research scenarios that will help the company develop new capabilities for version 2.0 of its MBF toolkit, scheduled for release next summer.

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An analysis of UK Biobank data finds hemochromatosis to be more prevalent than thought, according to the BBC.

An analysis finds that female biomedical researchers receive fewer prizes than male ones, and when they do win prizes, they are less prestigious.

In Nature this week: improved genomic analysis using a graph genome reference, tumor mutational burden could predict clinical response to immune checkpoint inhibitors, and more.

Federal researchers tell the Los Angeles Times that the shutdown is causing missed research opportunities as they try to keep their experiments going.