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Research conducted under the five-year CRADA could lead to the development of a new blood test that predicts patients at risk for heart disease and metabolic syndrome. The collaboration could also lead to the development of new targeted drugs.

If the drug reaches the market, likely through a partnership with a pharma, UC Davis stands to receive a "modest" royalty based on sales of the drug as part of an exclusive licensing agreement it signed with Arete.

Shamil Sunyaev, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has been studying how resequencing all human exons could help discover genes related to human traits. He spoke with In Sequence this week.

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Papers of Note for Jan 2009

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Sequencing-Related Papers of Note, Published Jan. 2009

Though the budget would raise by one-third, or to $20 million, the state's maximum annual outlay to life-sci center grants covered by the Commonwealth Life Sciences Investment Program, it still falls short of the $25 million annual limit set by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Act.

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Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine and Deloitte are looking into the use of drones to transport samples for testing. 

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm 23andMe is laying off about 100 people.

Researchers from Northwestern University examined dust for antibiotic-resistance genes, New Scientist reports. 

In Science this week: researchers present a computational method for predicting cellular differentiation state from single-cell RNA sequencing data, and more.