NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Roche announced today that it has received US Food and Drug Administration clearance for its cobas Strep A test for detecting group A streptococcus bacterial DNA in throat swab specimens.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Medgenics announced on Wednesday a collaboration with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to accelerate the development of new therapies for pediatric rare and orphan genetic diseases.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – WuXi PharmaTech, an R&D capability and technology platform provider, said this week that Chinese researchers who use sequencing services provided by the firm's Genome Center will have access to NextCode Health's sequence analysis solutions.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A whole-genome sequencing study of individuals over the age of 110 years old has yielded a collection of rare variants that's expected to serve as a resource for future studies of longevity.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – More than 100 members of the US House of Representatives have signed off on a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urging them to restore funding to the National Institutes of Health to pre-sequester levels.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Precision Therapeutics today announced a $60 million investment and a new name, Helomics.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The IBM Watson Group has made an investment of an undisclosed amount in Pathway Genomics, a clinical genetic testing services laboratory, that will support efforts to develop a Watson-powered mobile application called Pathway Panorama.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – ARUP Laboratories has joined PierianDx's partner network, the firms said today. ARUP will use PierianDx's workflow management tools and next-generation sequencing knowledgebase for its NGS-based clinical tests.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Diaxonhit today announced that its affiliate InGen has renewed an exclusive deal to distribute One Lambda's transplantation diagnostic tests in France.
Financial and other details of the partnership were not disclosed.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – German molecular diagnostics firm New Oncology today announced a collaboration to help the National Cancer Centre Singapore offer personalized cancer treatment using the company's proprietary diagnostic platform, Neo.

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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.

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