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The $3 million Stem Cell Commercialization Facility will open in June within 2,508 square feet of TechOne, the 100,000-square-foot first building of up to three that are planned to comprise the tech park, called TechTown.

In the first part of a two-part interview, Mann discusses the state of technology in proteomics and what still needs to get done for proteomics to cross to the clinical side.

NIDDK will fund small business grants for diagnostics, biomarkers, and other technologies for liver problems.

Patent Watch: Feb 6, 2009

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Salk Institute for Biological Studies Awarded US Patent

Based on their assessment of SNP data for several complex diseases, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California at Los Angeles warn that genetic tests based on existing GWAS may not be refined enough to accurately predict individual disease risk.

A company official said Hong Kong may be the best place to conduct the phase I study since data collected may be used in both US and Chinese regulatory filings.

Amylin Pharmaceuticals made the payment under an amended version of the companies’ 2006 deal to develop an intranasal formulation of the diabetes drug exenatide.

Strands: Feb 5, 2009

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Isis Pharmaceuticals, Champions Biotechnology, Gradalis, Mirna Therapeutics, University of California, San Francisco, Cenix BioScience, Boehringer Ingelheim, RXi Pharmaceuticals, YA Global

Navigenics’ lower-priced program to incorporate genetic risk data in patients’ annual medical checkup raises questions as to whether personal genomics firms should be broadly marketing their services to physicians.

A Whole New System

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Now in its ninth year, the experiment that was the Institute for Systems Biology has become an established research organization known for its focus on translational science.

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The Economist reports that it is increasingly easier to analyze the metabolites people give off, potentially revealing personal information about them.

A controversial paper on the gender gap in science has been corrected, according to BuzzFeed News.

The Los Angeles Times reports that only a third of California students meet the state's new science standards.

In Science this week: evidence of interbreeding between the ancestors of West Africans and an unknown archaic human, and more.