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With the ultimate goal of genotyping 100,000 individuals and following them over time, the Center for Applied Genomics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia hopes to use its database not only to better inform its own research, but to make eventually all its data available to the public.

IP Update: Apr 30, 2009

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USPTO Publishes One Patent, Seven Patent Applications Related to RNAi

New genetic studies suggest that SNPs and CNVs affecting neuronal cell adhesion — including one SNP that reached genome-wide significance in a large GWAS study — contribute to autism risk.

IP Update: Apr 23, 2009

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USPTO Publishes Two Patents, Sixteen Patent Applications Related to RNAi

In the first phase of the three-part pilot program, three projects will be chosen from 10 institutions in the Philadelphia region, Delaware, and New Jersey to receive one-year grants worth as much as $200,000 for proof-of-concept studies.

People Transfer: Apr 15, 2009

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Burrill promotes Aynechi, Vygantas, and Patel; UVA Patent Foundation honors Mugler and Brookeman as inventors of the year; and Balser to succeed Jacobson as vice chancellor for health affairs at Vanderbilt

Snippets: Mar 4, 2009

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DNAPrint, Laboratory Corporation of America, Duke University, Lab21, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, and more …

Researchers will use the funds to link genetic, environmental, and imaging autism studies and identify biomarkers and other risk factors in children.

Battelle Ventures, MIT, Hepragen, Wayne State University, Defyrus, UK Ministry of Defence, Columbia U, Intelligent Bio-Systems, Kauffman Foundation

Patent Watch: Feb 13, 2009

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Odyssey Thera, University of Pennsylvania, and Carnegie Institute of Washington Awarded US Patents

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more people get sick and die from drug-resistant germs than previously thought, the Washington Post reports.

According to the Associated Press, three universities and a healthcare institution are sharing a gift of $1 billion.

New rules seek to limit the type of scientific and medical research that can be used to guide public health regulations, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: FreeHi-C approach simulates Hi-C data from interacting genome fragments, and more.