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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – An American team led by researchers at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has come up with a proposed set of standards for investigators sequencing and assembling viral genomes.

ZyGem said today that it has signed a cooperative research and development agreement with the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases to develop simplified sample processing tools for biothreat agent detection.

Biomatrica and USAMRIID will collaborate to develop, test, validate, and eventually commercialize new formulations designed to stabilize clinical samples and biological agents at ambient conditions.

The company also released its 2010 financial results, posting a jump in its net loss despite increased revenues.

The agreement provides Akonni access to nucleic acid sequences, primers, and probes for several important biothreat agents, which it will incorporate into molecular tests on its TruArray and TruSentry platforms.

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GenomeWeb reports that Veritas Genetics is suspending its US operations.

A Brazilian-led team of researchers reports it has generated a sugarcane genome assembly that encompasses more than 99 percent of its genome.

Certain plasma proteins could be used to gauge a person's age and whether they are aging well, according to HealthDay News.

In Science this week: approach to measure microRNA targeting efficiency, strategy to conduct high-throughput chemical screens at single-cell resolution, and more.