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CPGR will be developing multiplex protein array-based antibody profiling assays and related bioinformatic analysis methods for the project with the ultimate aim of creating a biomarker signature that can be used for companion diagnostic purposes.

The partners aim to identify biomarkers that may predict how patients react to seasonal influenza vaccinations.

The algorithm, which was developed in collaboration with researchers in the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems groups at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, will allow Kinexus to do high-resolution mapping of an estimated 25 million kinase-substrate interactions, said a company official.

Genome British Columbia said today that a team comprising researchers from Canada, the US, and France is embarking on an effort to sequence and develop genetic tools for the sunflower genome.

The $3.2 million project funded by DOD and Canada will focus on using bacterial genomics to develop RDX degradation tools.

Two programs guided by Canadian funding and research will try to use poplars and pines for biofuels.

Eiger Biopharma licenses Hep C Rx IP from Stanford; TapImmune buys vaccine IP from UBC; Acetylon Pharma closes $7.25M series A to commercialize Dana-Farber, Harvard HDAC inhibitors; EMD Serono and MD Anderson ink clinical trial pact; U of Queensland's IMBcom licenses HGH receptor cell lines to Prolor Biotech

Alnylam will have the exclusive rights to all new inventions resulting from the alliance, as well as the rights to sublicense any related intellectual property. Tekmira will have the right to use new inventions with its own RNAi therapeutics.

The latest pact will focus on the use of p97 as a delivery system to transport Alzheimer's drugs across the blood-brain barrier. Last month, Bioasis and UBC inked a first research collaboration to develop and test a p97-based blood test to diagnose and monitor Alzheimer's.

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CBS This Morning highlights recent Medicare fraud involving offers of genetic testing.

Researchers find that many cancer drugs in development don't work quite how their developers thought they did, as Discover's D-brief blog reports.

Mariya Gabriel, a Bulgarian politician, is to be the next European Union research commissioner, according to Science.

In Science this week: a survey indicates that US adults are more likely to support the agricultural use of gene drives if they target non-native species and if they are limited, and more.