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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."

Frank McCormick, director of UCSF's Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses the motivation behind the facility, and its plans for the future.

People Transfer: Apr 15, 2009

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Burrill promotes Aynechi, Vygantas, and Patel; UVA Patent Foundation honors Mugler and Brookeman as inventors of the year; and Balser to succeed Jacobson as vice chancellor for health affairs at Vanderbilt

Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council has awarded the University of Queensland about US$19.3 million to support it's cancer genome sequencing project aimed at characterizing pancreatic and ovarian cancers.

A team of researchers from UCSF and GlaxoSmithKline used microarray analyses to begin cataloguing copy number variants in healthy African American individuals.

Snippets: Mar 18, 2009

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Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, OncoMethylome Sciences, Merck KGaA, 23andMe, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center, and more …

Funding Update for Mar 10, 2009

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NIH Array-Related Grants Awarded Dec. 23, 2008 — March 10, 2009

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The Wall Street Journal reports on the struggle to meet the demand for rapid COVID-19 testing.

The Newsroom reports New Zealand is using genomics to trace the origins of its new coronavirus outbreak.

In Nature this week: researchers in Canada sequence the genome of the black mustard plant Brassica nigra, and more.

According to Bloomberg, Moderna has a $1.5 billion vaccine deal with the US to provide 100 million doses.