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The firm published data from a study showing that the same biomarker used in its miRNA-based test for squamous lung cancer provided 96 percent sensitivity.

As part of the arrangement, Columbia and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln signed an inter-institutional agreement that makes Columbia the lead on patent prosecution and negotiations, but gives both universities and their faculty inventors an undisclosed equity stake in the company.

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Battelle Ventures, MIT, Hepragen, Wayne State University, Defyrus, UK Ministry of Defence, Columbia U, Intelligent Bio-Systems, Kauffman Foundation

The company will use the funds to develop protein-based Alzheimer's diagnostics.

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Intelligent Bio-Systems, Norwich Ventures, National Human Genome Research Institute, Floragenex, National Center for Genome Resources, Decode Genetics, DNAStar, Infogen

IBS has kept a relatively low profile the past couple of years, but it plans to get prototype sequencing systems into the hands of early-access customers as early as the first quartyer of this year.

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23andMe and Airbnb have partnered to offer "heritage travel," according to Venture Beat.

China may include regulations protecting genes and embryos in its update of its civil code, Nature News reports.

In Nature this week: exome sequence analysis of individuals with type 2 diabetes, genomic prediction of maize yield across environments, and more.

NPR reports on efforts to engineer bacteriophages to destroy antibiotic-resistance bacteria.