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The study, begun last year, will take longer than the June 2009 timeframe projected late last year. It calls for the NIH to analyze the ability of the Biosafety Level 4 lab to contain 13 toxins to be studied there, and ensure it can run safely.

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MTTC links up with iBridge Network; ViroStatics licenses compound library from University of Siena; Ben-Gurion University inks research pact with Bayer CropScience, and more …

The first in a series of programs will support studies of HIV-1 persistence, including host and pathogen genetics.

Obama Ends hESC Research Restrictions, Connecticut Innovations, Helix Therapeutics, Canadian Forest Nanoproducts Network, Québec Consortium for Drug Discovery, Wisconsin Opportunity Grants, Wisconsin Emerging Industries Skills Partnership, Qatar Science & Technology Park

Imperial College London and its spinout DNA Electronics have created a prototype for the so-called SNP Dr., which is being developed under a £1.2 million project that also includes Pfizer.

The company plans this year to add new markers to its HERmark breast cancer test, and will try to ink more collaborations with drug makers in order to embed its VeraTag assays in cancer drug trials.

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Myriad Genetics, Kinaxo Biotechnologies, Bavarian Research Foundation, European Commission, Decode Genetics, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

The $3.8 million program will back assay development, screening tools, toxicity, and elucidation of 3D structures in search of HIV treatments

The data, analyzed from biological samples donated by GlaxoSmithKline, is available on SAEC's website for free, and the group plans to publish the associations later this year. However, an SAEC official said "it would be preliminary to develop a meaningful diagnostic chip off this data."

Despite increasing evidence that the action of some drugs is influenced by patient genetics, testing for such variants has not been widely adopted as part of standard practice, AAAS meeting attendees heard this weekend.

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According to New Scientist, GEDmatch changed its terms and conditions over the weekend to opt its users out of law enforcement searches.

The Atlantic looks into time spent pursuing gene leads generated through candidate gene studies.

A twin study uncovers evidence that genes may influence whether someone gets a dog, Martha Stewart reports.

In PNAS this week: Cdx2 cells can help regenerate heart tissue in mice following a heart attack, PIWI-interacting small RNA levels in human cancer, and more.