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The Cambridge City Council approved the REIT's request to rezone 15.7 acres in an East Cambridge neighborhood to accommodate the $1 billion, 1.8 million-square-foot campus in exchange for including a greater mix of uses in the plan.

In a talk at the AAAS meeting in Chicago, Stanford University bioengineer Drew Endy said that the US needs a national initiative to support and encourage synthetic biology.

Strands: Feb 12, 2009

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Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Opko Health, Australian Patent Office

At the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology conference this week, the company also presented its first human genome sequencing data.

Funding from the National Institutes of Health for all proteomics-related research shrank by almost 3 percent in fiscal 2008, according to an analysis of NIH data by ProteoMonitor.

Funding Update: Feb 3, 2009

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Sequencing-Related NIH Grants, Nov. 4, 2008 — Feb. 2, 2009

Changing needs brought on by next-gen sequencing have led to pink slips.

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A Harvard University professor has been charged with making false claims regarding funds he received from China, the New York Times reports.

Discover magazine reports that animal dissections might dissuade students from science careers, but that a firm has developed synthetic frogs for dissections.

Nature News reports that a US panel is reviewing current guidelines for federally funded gain-of-function viral research.

In PNAS this week: de novo mutation patterns among the Amish, an alternative RNA-seq method, and more.