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In Cell this week: structural variant profiles for metastatic prostate cancer; approach for visualizing mRNA, lncRNA transcription; and more.

A new assay uses digital loop-mediated isothermal amplification (dLAMP) to perform phenotypic antibacterial susceptibility testing in 30 minutes.

Teeny Tiny DNA Robot

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The funding will be used to develop new software and data structures to enable researchers to use the GO data for network-based analysis. 

The funding will, in part, support efforts to expand the project's catalog of functional elements and understand their roles in different contexts.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers characterized the International Space Station's microbiome, finding that it's dominated by a skin-linked bacterium.

The California Institute of Technology has been awarded

Using a microfluidic device called SlipChip, a cell phone camera, and cloud computing, a California Institute of Technology team has shown the superiority of digital over real-time isothermal PCR under perturbed experimental conditions.

Fluidigm of South San Francisco, Calif., has received US Patent No.

The California Institute of Technology of Pasadena has received US Patent No. 8,557,199, "Self-powered microfluidic devices, methods and systems." The claimed device consists of microfluidic channels and a pressure source for pumping reagents through the channels.

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With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.

NPR reports that government and private insurers are being slow to cover recently approved CAR-T cell therapies.

CNBC reports that there are thousands of genetic tests available for consumers to chose between.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of ducks, whole-genome doubling among tumor samples, and more.