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The Seattle startup is looking to partner with pharmaceutical companies and offer its yeast fusion sequencing technology as a contracted research service.

With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Biohub will help implement metagenomic sequencing for infectious disease projects in 10 countries.

The funding will be used to develop a platform to identify species and strains of bacteria that cannot be cultured or detected with standard methods.

The British molecular diagnostics firm recently completely a redesign of its point-of-care system, called Q-POC, and is planning to seek a CE-IVD mark for the device later this year.

The firm will use its solid-state nanopore technology to develop a point-of-care molecular diagnostic device to detect tuberculosis in low-resource areas. 

OA 'Muscle'

The Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have joined the open-access initiative Plan S, according to ScienceInsider.

Better Cows

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.

OA Policy Clash

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

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GenomeWeb reports that Veritas Genetics is suspending its US operations.

A Brazilian-led team of researchers reports it has generated a sugarcane genome assembly that encompasses more than 99 percent of its genome.

Certain plasma proteins could be used to gauge a person's age and whether they are aging well, according to HealthDay News.

In Science this week: approach to measure microRNA targeting efficiency, strategy to conduct high-throughput chemical screens at single-cell resolution, and more.