Gates Foundation

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.

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.

Pages

The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.