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NEW YORK – Ceres Nanosciences announced Monday it has won a $243,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Manassas, Virginia-based infectious disease testing firm will use the funding to adapt its Nanotrap virus particles to work with portable sequencing tools. These hydrogel nanoparticles house chemical affinity baits, providing an alternative to RNA extraction kits and could be used to build viral pathogen surveillance workflows.

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Kaiser Health News reports San Francisco and Alameda counties in California are no longer using Verily Life Sciences' COVID-19 testing program.

The New York Times reports that developers in New York City are increasingly interested in life science spaces.

A UK study has found that antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 may decline over time, Reuters reports.

In PNAS this week: genetic and epigenetic variation in individuals with diabetic kidney disease, spontaneous genetic alterations in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and more.

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