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The company's early access-program for its SmartChip system includes eight new university and corporate customers.

The early-access agreements provide Wafergen with an undisclosed amount of revenue, and are expected to help validate the SmartChip platform prior to its planned launch later this year.

UCSF will use Celera's KIF6 genetic variant discoveries to develop a test for cardiovascular risk and statin benefit.

Mission Bay Capital is "expecting to make two to four investments a year over the next three or four years," a QB3 official told GWDN.

Axiom is Affy's first major new genotyping offering since the firm launched its 1.8-million-marker SNP Array 6.0 two years ago. Affy believes that Axiom's customizable format will give it an advantage in the highly competitive genome-wide association studies market.

The funds will support genotyping and analyzing a 100,000-volunteer biobank for a large-scale genetics, environment, and health study.

A group of researchers from the Universities of Arizona and California have garnered genetic evidence suggesting modern human populations underwent an exponential expansion in Africa starting some 40,000 years ago.

The expansion, which will quadruple the amount of incubator space that QB3 currently operates, is designed to quench the growing thirst of life science startups for incubator space at Mission Bay.

Approximately one year after Pfizer and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences inked a three-year, $9.5 million drug-discovery pact, the alliance is now overseeing seven projects combining scientists from various Pfizer sites and QB3-affiliated researchers at UC-San Francisco.

The UCSF Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center, located near the school's Mission Bay, Calif., campus, will use the ViroChip pathogen-identification and screening tool as its "core technology."


The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.