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The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

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.

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A genomic analysis of modern and ancient maize reveals a complicated domestication history, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: MYRF variant linked to congenital diaphragmatic hernia, analysis of the "dragon's blood" red resin produced by traditional medicine plants, and more.

CNBC reports that half of academic researchers leave after about five years.

Researchers have used genetic analysis to confirm a new type of salamander, the New York Times reports.