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Government contractor FedCentric has previously built high-performance data analytics software for the US Postal Service to improve logistics.

The agreement to develop improved methods of isolating nucleic acids from tumor samples is expected to yield new commercial products for Biomatrica and provide the company with a foothold in the molecular diagnostics market.

SAIC-Frederick and Biomatrica are collaborating on developing better processes for isolating nucleic acids from tumor samples collected by pathologists in clinics.

Under its subcontract with SAIC-Frederick, GNS will use its REFS platform to assess NCI data on several oncology drugs.

SAIC-Frederick is seeking a subcontractor to run a Comprehensive Data Resource to support the biorepository and biospecimen research programs.

The partners will use Complete Genomics' sequencing and bioinformatics services to analyze 50 tumor-normal pairs.

The collaboration is part of NCI's Advanced Technology Partnerships Initiative, which "seeks to reduce the time and cost of developing new cancer treatments," according to a statement

Under a collaboration, the two firms will integrate Geospiza software with Pacific Biosciences' PacBio RS platform.

Under the partnership, SAIC-Frederick researchers at the Core Genotyping Facility will use the Fluidigm Access Array system to target and amplify the genome of EBV DNA virus.

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Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.