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

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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.

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…

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Researchers have developed a robotic lab assistant, the Verge reports.

CBC News reports Canada's Supreme Court is to rule on the constitutionality of the country's genetic non-discrimination law today.

The Associated Press reports the World Health Organization is sending experts to China to investigate the animal source of SARS-CoV-2.

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