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Warren Bruggeman, Thomas Herzog, Lee Potts, Corey Goodman, Gregory Webb, Stephen Sands, Maggie Dias, Santiago Galvez, Elizabeth Goodman, Claudia Hillinger, Thad Seymour, Randy Scott, John Spencer, Thomas Stevens, Jim Talton, Daniel Wahby, Stephanie Warrington, Claudia Zylberberg

Columbia University Science and Technology Ventures has outlicensed a pair of medical devices developed by physician researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center.

Snippets: Apr 8, 2009

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Prostate Cancer Foundation, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, and more …

Regeneron Inks mAb Pact with UT-Southwestern; Mount Sinai taps DiscoveryBioMed for bioassay services; Repligen licenses bipolar disorder Rx from Harvard's McLean, and more …

The saliva collection kit company will take samples for a Columbia University study at the National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, DC.

The first version of the sequencer, about to enter beta-testing, will cost around $250,000 and will be able to generate several gigabases of data in a 5.5-hour run with $250 in consumables costs per gigabase. That price is expected to fall to as little as $2 with later generations.

Strands: Mar 12, 2009

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Rosetta Genomics, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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.

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

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.