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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives funds toward livestock research, BBC News reports.

In a wide-ranging discussion, the two leaders touched upon vaccine development, infant mortality, US education, research funding, machine learning, and precision medicine.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation embarks on an open-access publishing path.

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Because of new open-access requirements, Gates Foundation-funded researchers can't publish in some top journals, Nature News reports.

The award will support the development of diagnostics and analytical tools for childhood disease detection using tissue-based fluorescent in situ sequencing. 

Organizations are pursuing various approaches to control mosquitos harboring dengue and Zika viruses, Technology Review reports.

Researchers at Smith College used NGS and a Galaxy-based software called RepeatExplorer to design improved assays for soil-transmitted helminths.

Affymetrix has created a new custom genotyping array for the project, which aims to increase rice production for small farms in Africa and Asia.

The company is currently in discussions with several investor groups and plans to use the funds to expand the reach of the test and prepare for FDA submission.

Intended for diagnosing active pulmonary tuberculosis, the test will use Cere's Nanotrap reagents for enriching target analytes for downstream analysis.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.