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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The UK government has awarded £3.9 million ($6.6 million) to fund four new research fellowship projects that will that apply engineering techniques to synthetic biology research, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council said on Friday.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The UK and China will jointly provide nearly $400,000 to fund several new research activities involving scientists from both countries working collaboratively on synthetic biology projects.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The UK is investing £10 million ($15.1 million) to create a new center to drive the translation of synthetic biology research into industrial applications.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Wellcome Trust and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council today announced they are providing £30 million ($47.5 million) in funding for biomedical engineering solutions to address unmet healthcare issues.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The UK government plans to provide a boost to the nation's synthetic biology sector under a new initiative that will provide nearly £6.5 million ($10.2 million) in research funding.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council today announced a £5 million ($7.9 million) five-year grant to a consortium of universities to develop a Web-based synthetic biology platform.

A report on public and stakeholder opinion finds citizens excited and worried about synthetic biology but wanting the field to progress with appropriate safeguards and oversight.

A study by the UK's Advanced Institute of Management Research claims that many companies find it increasingly difficult to partner with universities, despite recent efforts by the government to promote such collaboration. Study co-author Ammon Salter discussed the findings with BTW this week.

The New York Times profiles 23andMe's Anne Wojcicki and describes how she bounced back from a bad year.

Fotis Kafatos, the founding president of the European Research Council, has died, according to the Associated Press.

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of honeybee disease, microRNA profiles of people with lupus nephritis, and more.

The Verge's Angela Chen tried out a gene test for fitness advice, but didn't learn much new information.