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The government says it is using DNA testing as part of efforts to reunite families by court-ordered deadlines, but it will not reveal which lab is performing testing.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — PositiveID and Ensco have been awarded a SenseNet Program contract for an undisclosed amount from the US Department of the Interior on behalf of the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Positive ID said today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – OpGen today announced a collaboration with In-Q-Tel to develop a high-throughput sequence and genome mapping pipeline for microbial genome analysis.

Quanterix said this week that it has received an investment of an undisclosed amount from In-Q-Tel, a non-profit investment firm that delivers technology to the US intelligence community.

Idaho Technology said this week that its Razor EX BioThreat Detection System has received approval and certification as an AOAC performance-tested method for detecting Bacillus anthracis spores collected from the air on filter or liquid matrices.

Northrop Grumman received the award under the BioWatch Gen-3 System Performance Demonstration Contract, and said that the contract could be worth up to $37 million over three years.

The company will use the funds primarily to increase the sensitivity of its Pincer protein detection assay and to complete development of a six-protein biomarker panel for cardiovascular disease, said a company official.

The firm's device utilizes SNP chips to verify identity and kinship.

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An artificial intelligence-based analysis suggests a third group of ancient hominins likely interbred with human ancestors, according to Popular Mechanics.

In Science this week: reduction in bee phylogenetic diversity, and more.

The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

The Economist reports on Synthorx's efforts to use expanded DNA bases they generated to develop a new cancer drug.