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The industry standards issued last December by 23andMe, Decode, and Navigenics are "a good start, but they are really not where they need to be," said Muin Khoury, director of the CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics.

Agilent's shares soared along with the broader market on Monday, while Celera's stock dropped. Even though an analyst upgraded the stock, he also lowered his revenues and EPS estimates for the firm.

The bill, the "Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act," would prevent cloning, animal-human hybrids, and new embryonic stem cell lines in Georgia, but would not restrict research with existing stem-cell lines or lines created outside the state.

The omnibus budget to fill in the fiscal year now goes to President Obama with $30.3 billion for NIH.

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Obama Ends hESC Research Restrictions, Connecticut Innovations, Helix Therapeutics, Canadian Forest Nanoproducts Network, Québec Consortium for Drug Discovery, Wisconsin Opportunity Grants, Wisconsin Emerging Industries Skills Partnership, Qatar Science & Technology Park

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has approved spending a combined $2.5 million of the $1 billion, 10-year Life Sciences Act to subsidize life-sci companies that hire paid college-level interns, and to fund younger researchers.

The bill would amend US Code to keep the federal government from imposing terms or conditions regarding licenses or rights based on certain federal funding conditions.

A Columbia University-led team used emergency contact information from medical records to create family trees and estimate disease heritability.

Parabon NanoLabs is partnering with law enforcement to use genetic genealogy approaches to solve cold cases, Buzzfeed News reports.

In Science this week: ancient Southeast Asian genomes provide insight on human migration, and more.

NPR says a new report recommends that former research chimpanzees should be moved to retirement sanctuaries unless that move would shorten their lives.