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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The New York Economic Development Corporation said today it has launched an initiative that will inject $100 million into life sciences startup companies located in the city through a mix of money from city government, life sciences companies, and venture capital partn

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An influx of managerial and scientific talent due to layoffs from financial institutions and pharmaceutical companies, coupled with new incubator space, could help build a university-fueled life sciences cluster in the New York region, said tech-transfer experts at last week's New York Biotechnology Association meeting.

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.

A total of six facilities comprising more than 2 million square feet are in New York's pipeline of life-sci space, according to the panelists who spoke at the New York Biotechnology Association's annual meeting this week.

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 New York City medical examiner is overseeing an effort to identify missing persons using DNA, according to the Associated Press.

Nobel laureate Günter Blobel has died at 81, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: mouse model of genetically induced emphysema, gene expression signatures of circulating melanoma cells, and more.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.