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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Personalized Medicine Initiative and molecular diagnostics firm Contextual Genomics have teamed to launch a project in Canada that will use genetic tumor profiling to choose patient's medications, the partners said today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new study has narrowed in on shared, overlapping sets of genes contributing to yeast reactions to a range of small molecules — chemogenomic signatures that are expected to aid future efforts to understand and predict drug responses in yeast and mammalian cells.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A trio of papers in Nature Genetics describe findings from genomic studies of an ovarian cancer called small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcemic type, that implicate mutations in the SMARCA4 gene in the development of the disease.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Two investigators at the University of British Columbia have received C$7.2 million (US$6.8 million) in funding to develop a biomarker-based blood test to identify patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder who are most at risk for lung attacks.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies has added 11 new members from the US and Canada to its Ion AmpliSeq Exome Certified Service Provider program, the company said today.

A research team led by Carl Hansen of the University of British Columbia's Centre for High-Throughput Biology has developed an integrated microfluidic device for high-throughput digital PCR analysis of single cells.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The sequence and assembly of two spruce genomes, published in Nature and Bioinformatics yesterday, offer insight into gymnosperm biology and evolution.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Canadian government has invested C$19 million (US$19.3 million) in new collaborative research projects to develop a range of biomedical technologies including tools to advance microfluidics, mass spectrometry, and drug screening.

This story has been updated to include comments from a Roche NimbleGen service provider and a Roche spokesperson.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genome British Columbia and the Canadian government have funded four new research projects seeking to develop genomics-related technologies for a range of applications.

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