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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.

Snippets: Feb 25, 2009

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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.

The Athens, Ohio-based firm licensed novel yeast-based virus cloning technology that will be used for HIV pharmacogenomics and other disease areas.

News Briefs: Feb 4, 2009

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Cerenis, Montreal Heart Institute, UVA, Ortho Clinical, Mirna, UCSF, Case Western, Diagnostic Hybrids, iBridge Network, Ben Franklin Tech Partners, and more…

Revenues for the company's diagnostics group increased 3 percent. This division includes molecular diagnostics, which posted a 2 percent dip in revenues, and applied sciences, which recorded an 11 percent increase in sales.

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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 Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.