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Genedata to Provide Research IT Services to Nycomed
Genedata and Nycomed are partnering to support Nycomed`s proprietary R&D data and knowledge management platform.
Under terms of the agreement, Genedata will serve as Nycomed’s outsourcing partner for research IT services and will develop and implement scientific databases and applications.
The implementation is designed to support more efficient workflows, according to a Genedata statement. As part of the collaboration, Genedata has established an office at the Nycomed site in Konstanz, Germany.
Financial terms of the agreement were not provided.

Nonlinear’s PerkinElmer to Supply Nonlinear’s SameSpots Software
Last week, Nonlinear Dynamics said its 2D gel analysis software will be provided with PerkinElmer’s new Geliance 1000 imaging system.
Financial terms of the agreement were not provided.

XDR Tuberculosis Strain Sequence Study Data Released
An international research team has released the first data from a project to sequence the genome of an extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis bacterium with the aim of developing a test that could rapidly diagnose the disease, Harvard University’s School of Public Health said.
Rearchers said last week that they have released the data in advance of publication of a paper on the danger of the XDR strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which was linked to more than 50 deaths in a recent outbreak in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.
Other collaborators include Megan Murray of the Harvard School of Public Health and Willem Sturm and colleagues at the Nelson Mandela Medical School in South Africa.
As part of the project, the Broad Institute sequenced the genomes of several multi-drug-resistant and drug-sensitive isolates of M. tuberculosis.
Murray also said the research could enable the future development of a rapid diagnostic test for TB that would help prevent the spread of the most virulent strains.
Data from the project is available here.

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Latent HIV Found in White Blood Cells of Individuals on Long-Term Treatments

Researchers in Nature Microbiology find HIV genetic material in monocyte white blood cells and in macrophages that differentiated from them in individuals on HIV-suppressive treatment.

Seagull Microbiome Altered by Microplastic Exposure

The overall diversity and the composition at gut microbiome sites appear to coincide with microplastic exposure and ingestion in two wild bird species, according to a new Nature Ecology and Evolution study.

Study Traces Bladder Cancer Risk Contributors in Organ Transplant Recipients

In eLife, genome and transcriptome sequencing reveal mutation signatures, recurrent somatic mutations, and risky virus sequences in bladder cancers occurring in transplant recipients.

Genes Linked to White-Tailed Jackrabbits' Winter Coat Color Change

Climate change, the researchers noted in Science, may lead to camouflage mismatch and increase predation of white-tailed jackrabbits.