Cartesian Gridspeed, a bioinformatics startup based in Auckland, New Zealand, has released the beta version of a genomic search tool that it claims offers a 10,000-fold speedup over NCBI Blast.

The company, founded last April, has seven customers in New Zealand for the product, called SLIM (Sequence Location Indexer and Matcher) Search, but has just begun speaking to potential beta customers in the US, CEO Leonard Bloksberg told BioInform last week.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.