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The jointly funded research effort focused on agricultural development projects has granted roughly $3 million for genomics in its inaugural funding round.

The Grand Challenges Explorations grants will give $100,000 for a range of studies to develop technologies for diagnosing and combating diseases.

Ionian is developing a molecular diagnostics platform that will run assays designed for use in the developing world.

The award will support a University of Arizona-led team in developing a database characterizing genome variation in cassava — a plant for which a draft genome sequence is now available.

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The university will help an international effort to study the genetics involved in malnutrition.

A team of researchers led by Washington University Center for Genome Sciences Director Jeffrey Gordon is undertaking a three year, $5.5 million Gates Foundation-funded study to investigate the role of gut microbes in severe malnutrition in Malawi and Bangladesh.

Pairings: Feb 25, 2009

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Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine and Deloitte are looking into the use of drones to transport samples for testing. 

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm 23andMe is laying off about 100 people.

Researchers from Northwestern University examined dust for antibiotic-resistance genes, New Scientist reports. 

In Science this week: researchers present a computational method for predicting cellular differentiation state from single-cell RNA sequencing data, and more.