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The University of Pittsburgh has awarded J. Craig Venter the Dickson Prize for his efforts in genome sequencing, including leading efforts to sequence the first human genome and creating a living bacteria cell with synthetic DNA.

The researchers will use an NIH grant to seek protein biomarkers in the blood to predict clinical outcomes of traumatic brain injury.

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Biosigma, Canon, Advanced Liquid Logic, Duke University, Qiagen, and others win US patents.

The company's early access-program for its SmartChip system includes eight new university and corporate customers.

The early-access agreements provide Wafergen with an undisclosed amount of revenue, and are expected to help validate the SmartChip platform prior to its planned launch later this year.

The research provides some short-term consumables revenue for Wafergen and validates its SmartChip real-time PCR system in advance of its full commercial launch, a company executive said.

The test is expected to be available through Asuragen's clinical laboratory improvement amendments-certified lab in the second half of this year.

The University of Pittsburgh will use WaferGen's system for high-throughput gene expression studies.

The $1.4 million grant will support a collaboration to develop sub-cellular tracking and imaging software tools.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.