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The United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, this week announced it would provide $11 million in funding for as many as 150 Cepheid GeneXpert systems and 450,000 MTB/RIF test cartridges in 14 high-burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Burma.

Cepheid said today that it has signed the first in a series of agreements with various government agencies and non-profit organizations to buy down the price of Cepheid's Xpert MTB/RIF test in a bid to drive widespread adoption of the assay in the developing world.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid announced the first agreement to buy down the price of the Xpert MTB/RIF test in order to drive adoption of the technology in resource-poor areas of the world with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Global non-profit health advocacy organization Unitaid said today that its board has approved $30 million in funding to increase access to Cepheid's Xpert MTB/RIF diagnostic test for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis in resource-poor areas of the world.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Global non-profit health advocacy organization Unitaid said today that its board has approved $30 million in funding to increase access to Cepheid's Xpert MTB/RIF diagnostic test for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis in resource-poor areas of the world.

Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.