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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.

The New York Times reports that as China invests in science, it also is dealing with research fraud.

In PLOS this week: transcriptome study of a cold-tolerant plant, deep sequencing of clinical influenza A samples, and more.

The Atlantic writes that retrotransposons like BovB have proliferated in a number of genomes.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of a man who lived in China some 40,000 years ago, according to UPI.