National Venture Capital Association

Silicon Valley remained the top US cluster with $210 million in first-quarter venture capital, down a little over 16 percent from the $251 million racked up a year earlier. New England's $149 million in biopharma VC marked a nearly 32 percent fall-off.

Two top BioMed officials told investors that stronger activity at two nearly-completed Northeast projects and a stash of cash will enable it to continue paying customary dividends, though conceded a slowdown in Bay Area leasing.

Assemblymember Mark Weprin’s bill would allow New York City to award up to $250,000 in tax credits over four years to life-sci companies that build new facilities or create jobs in the Big Apple.

The declines also showed that eight of 23 states with biotech VC activity in the final three months of 2008 recorded decreased funding over the year-ago period, with the steepest slides recorded in established biocluster states.

This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.