In a bid to attract high-tech businesses to Virginia and help the state’s universities compete for research grants, Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore last week pledged $7 million to support bioinformatics and genomics initiatives at the state’s research universities.

The grants came as part of a total award of $18 million under the state’s Commonwealth Technology Research Fund, which Gilmore created last year. The fund currently has $13 million in seed money designed to leverage additional funds for matching grants.

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Two new Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology studies have largely reproduced the original findings, ScienceInsider reports.

DNA fingerprinting could catch some sample mix-ups at pathology labs, the New York Times says.

A Maryland police department has turned to DNA phenotyping to develop a suspect sketch, WJLA reports.

In Cell this week: DNA methylation and T cell exhaustion, longevity in C. elegans, and more.