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With the slogan "Pay only if you get funding," the shop, called Stimulomics, hopes to appeal to wet-lab biologists scrambling to file proposals for NIH Challenge Grants requiring bioinformatics support.

The new preliminary prospectus offers for sale around 9.6 million shares by shareholders of the firm. Helicos won't receive any proceeds from the sale.

Over the last few months, Helicos has installed its single-molecule sequencer in at least two institutes, while company researchers, speaking at scientific conferences, have detailed a variety of applications that can be performed using the tool.

The school will use the Syllego system for diabetes-related genome-wide association studies.

Researchers at Affymetrix, Genentech, and Stanford University's Genome Technology Center have created a new array-based resequencing assay that they claim is scalable enough to compete with second-generation sequencing platforms.

Short Reads: Mar 31, 2009


Helicos, Agencourt, Illumina, RainDance Technologies, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, VWR International, ZyGem, University of Queensland, University of Michigan, Genomatix

Paired Ends: Mar 31, 2009


Greg Porreca, Adam Cohen, David Cumming, Michael Deem, Jim Lupski, Amy McGuire, Antoine van Oijen, Ian Ratcliffe

Bloggers Abuzz


Bloggers discuss the US stimulus, mandatory open access policies, the Vatican's take on evolution, and Merck's new venture.

Howard Chang, William Kaelin, Yitzhak Tor

Patent Watch: Mar 13, 2009


Stanford University, Maine Medical Center Research Institute, PerkinElmer Cellular Technologies Germany Awarded US Patents


Nature News reports that gene therapy approaches are tackling sickle cell disease, but that the cost of treatment is a concern.

The Washington Post reports that a US Senate committee voted this week to approve the nomination of Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration.

One gene regulates hundreds of others to influence facial development, according to New Scientist.

In Nature this week: resources for single-cell analysis, little overlap in the microRNAs used by Salmonella and Shigella to infect host cells, and more.