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Merck, Medarex, and UMass' MBL Ink mAb deal; Vandy licenses cancer Rx assay to DiaTech; MolecularMD sub-licenses OHSU CML mutation test to Mayo Clinic, and more …

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The university will lead a multi-center study of large flowering plants seeking genetics behind certain traits.

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Regeneron Inks mAb Pact with UT-Southwestern; Mount Sinai taps DiscoveryBioMed for bioassay services; Repligen licenses bipolar disorder Rx from Harvard's McLean, and more …

The company also noted in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that it continues to seek out industry partnerships after having failed to forge a deal in 2008 as previously anticipated.

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USPTO Publishes One Patent, Eight Patent Applications Related to RNAi

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has approved spending a combined $2.5 million of the $1 billion, 10-year Life Sciences Act to subsidize life-sci companies that hire paid college-level interns, and to fund younger researchers.

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Mainichi reports that 43 percent of Japanese individuals said they did not want to eat agricultural products that had been modified using gene-editing tools.

Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.

Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.