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The newly named Washington University Genome Institute intends to move beyond research-oriented sequencing projects and toward those with a clinical bent.

The new deal shifts to Quark the responsibility for conducting a planned phase IIb study of the drug. It also gives Pfizer the opportunity to pull out of the partnership, depending on the outcome of the trial.

Ambati and colleagues reported this month that Dicer1 depletion triggered the degeneration of retinal pigmented epithelium cells, a hallmark of the severest form of dry AMD, in human cells and mouse models.

ArcticDx's macular degeneration prognostic test officially launched as an LDT in the US in September, and the firm is targeting FDA approval to help propel it globally.

Sequenom expects its CLIA lab to launch the test in early 2011.

OSU Medical Center will enroll patients who agree to join Coriell's personalized medicine project under the guidance of their primary care physician. The partners will study the impact of using genomic information in treating chronic conditions.

IP Update

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USPTO Publishes One Patent, Seven Patent Applications Related to RNAi

Tech Transfer Tidbits

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Pfizer and UCL to develop stem-cell therapies for AMD; Clarient licenses breast cancer biomarkers from Indiana U; Nanosys and Harvard to outlicense nanowire IP; Luminex settles with SUNY and U of Illinois, and more …

Moving Target: CNVs in Disease

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More and more research is linking CNVs to disease. It's not only changing the way scientists study disease, but also how clinicians diagnose it.

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The former commissioner of the FDA has returned to the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates as a special partner on the healthcare investment team.

Astronauts have edited yeast genes on the International Space Station in an experiment designed to show how cells repair themselves in space.

Emory University has found that two of its researchers failed to divulge they had received funds from China, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In Science this week: influence of the nuclear genome on human mitochondrial DNA, and more.