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In a genotype-versus-phenotype showdown, a diabetes researcher says that phenotype has better predictive power but that genetic variants show promise.

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

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The Wall Street Journal reports on the struggle to meet the demand for rapid COVID-19 testing.

The Newsroom reports New Zealand is using genomics to trace the origins of its new coronavirus outbreak.

In Nature this week: researchers in Canada sequence the genome of the black mustard plant Brassica nigra, and more.

According to Bloomberg, Moderna has a $1.5 billion vaccine deal with the US to provide 100 million doses.