Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics

The partnership will provide $1.4 million in new funding for Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota-led projects using genomics to understand and potentially treat human cancer.

A bill by the representative from Rochester would return the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic partnership funding level to the original $8 million per year.

The partnership between Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota will probably be a target as a budget-challenged state looks to slash spending.

The joint research collaboration of the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota plans to lead a multi-institutional effort to translate diabetes research into improved yet lower-cost treatments, if not a cure, for the disease within 10 years.

The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, a partnership of the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, is making up to $4 million available in awards to researchers for human health and disease studies that the institutions cannot carry out individually.

The partners have formed the Frontiers of Biomedical Research with initial plans to establish fellowships for promising young investigators toward exchanges in specific research areas.

The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics will see its annual budget reduced by more than $1 million — to just under $7 million — in the fiscal year that begins July 1, following a $591,000 cut included in a budget deal reached this week by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and state legislative leaders.

Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.