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Pairings: Feb 18, 2009

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Alan Carter, David Cox, John Alsobrook

Short Reads: Feb 17, 2009

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Life Technologies, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, 454 Life Sciences, Applied Biosystems, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Bristol, University of Liverpool, John Innes Centre, Helicos BioSciences, Febit, and more…

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.

Helicos filed the prospectus for 68.4 million shares held by investors who participated in a private placement in December. The firm would receive none of the proceeds from the sale of those shares, if any of them are sold.

Ocarina Networks said this week that Cornell University's Center for Advanced Computing is testing its system for compressing large amounts of life-science data, including data from second-generation sequencers.

Funding Update: Feb 3, 2009

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

Short Reads: Feb 3, 2009

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The University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna reflects at Science on the anniversary of the announcement of the birth of twin girls who underwent genome editing.

By studying its enamel proteome, researchers have found the ancient ape Gigantopithecus blacki belongs to a sister clade to that of orangutans.

Bloomberg Businessweek discusses genomics with BGI's Wang Jian.

In Science this week: researchers find transplanting the gut microbiome in mice affects physiology, and more.