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A genome-wide association study involving more than 20,000 individuals from Iceland uncovered new and known genetic associations with bone mineral density.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases plans to use up to $2.4 million next year to fund the creation of several core centers that will support scientists studying the underlying biology of muscle and bones and the range of disorders

Gen-Probe's Aptima HPV assay; Astra Biotech's osteoporosis test kit.

The researchers plan to compare differences in methylation patterns of 20 million CpG islands between pairs of twins. The aim is to find differences that explain why many identical twins do not develop the same diseases.

Under the Phenotypic Drug Discovery program, researchers from academia or biotech submit candidate compounds in specific therapeutic areas for Lilly to evaluate and profile. Participating organizations retain full IP rights to the compounds, but Lilly receives first rights to negotiate a broader collaboration or licensing agreement.

UCLA becomes at least the eighth university or research institution from which Fate licensed IP to bolster its portfolio of stem cell modulators — small molecules and biologics to modulate cells for therapeutic purposes.

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The agreement, which eliminates all of MDRNA's non-RNAi expenses, "represents the final step in our plan to create a company solely focused in the research and development of RNAi-based therapeutics," Michael French, president and CEO of MDRNA, said in a statement.

CNBC reports that Amazon invested in the startup Grail as it sees an opportunity for its cloud computing company in genomics.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

Researchers are working on re-making the yeast genome from scratch, according to the Associated Press.

In Cell this week: functional profiling of Plasmodium genome, a self-inactivating rabies virus, and more.