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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the handling of samples at four Department of Defense labs, the New York Times reports.

Investigators at the Walter Reed Army Institute and elsewhere identified human leukocyte antigen variants with ties to enhanced or diminished HIV vaccine protection.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Biomatrica has received a $1 million grant to develop a blueprint and functional prototype of an ambient temperature biobank for the US Army.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — BioMérieux said this week that its first quarter revenues increased 3 percent year over year but 8 percent when including sales from recent acquisition BioFire Diagnostics and at constant exchange rates.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Vermillion has signed a cooperative research and development agreement, or CRADA, with the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for the evaluation of the OVA1 ovarian cancer diagnostic test, Vermillion announced today.

This article has been updated from a previous version to clarify information about the contract BioFire was awarded.

Lawrence Livermore National Security and the University of California have been awarded US Patent No. 8,367,976, "Laser heating of aqueous samples on a micro-optical-electro-mechanical system."
Reginald Beer and Ian Kennedy are named as inventors.

DxNA has been awarded US Patent No. 8,169,122, "Ultrasonic release of DNA or RNA."
Danvern Roberts, William Bickmore, Jared Hummel, Daniel Esplin, and Paul Day are named as inventors on the patent.

The US Army has been awarded US Patent No. 8,129,149, "Rapid and sensitive method to measure endonuclease activity."
Russell Dorsey and Robert Dorsey are named as inventors on the patents.

Akonni Biosystems and non-profit research organization CUBRC have been awarded a $774,000 contract from the US Army to develop an automated sample-prep system for field-based biological threat-detection platforms, Akonni said today.

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The partially reinstated US travel ban leaves space for uncertainty for researchers, Nature News says.

Researchers find a number of traits differ by sex and could affect mouse model studies, according to Reuters.

Tweaking the skin microbiome could help address some skin conditions, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: DNA methylation profiles of tumor tissue, gene dynamics in prokaryotes, and more.