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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Center for Genome Resources and the life sciences software company Simbiot said today they have partnered to launch a new genomic informatics company called Lumenogix.

The National Center for Genome Resources has become a certified service provider for target enrichment services using Agilent Technologies' SureSelect technology, Agilent said last week.

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2011 will likely be recognized as the year that genome sequencing broke out of the research realm and moved into the clinic.

As part of a five-year, $40 million project to develop petroleum alternatives, the National Center for Genome Resources will sequence plants and trees being considered for use as biomass-based fuel for the aviation industry.

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“As a company with a focus on plant breeding, we are happy to collaborate with partners that can promote our technologies in their broader networks,” said Mark van Haaren, KeyGene’s vice president of business development.

NCGR will use the ag-biotech company's Whole Genome Profiling technology to offer sequence-based mapping projects.

Last week, the National Center for Genome Resources reported the results of a clinical trial for a carrier screening test for more than 400 pediatric diseases, while the Chinese University of Hong Kong reported the results of a trial involving a fetal trisomy 21 test.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.