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The group, co-located in Cambridge, Mass., and Basel, Switzerland, was created in January and should have around 50 to 60 staffers by the end of the year.

Speid will offer its clients access to Genizon's technology for predicting the chances of success for a compound early in the drug development cycle.

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Already, the promise of synthetic biology is being realized as this level of engineering is brought into drug development. GT looks into synthetic biology drugs in the pipeline and where this field is heading.

The firm's two-for-one stock split will cut the number of shares it will distribute to current shareholders in Myriad Pharmaceuticals.

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NHLBI plans to launch next month the prospectively designed, randomized-controlled study, called Clarification of Optimal Anticoagulation through Genetics trial, which will follow 1,200 patients to see if PGx-guided dosing is clinically useful.

The data, analyzed from biological samples donated by GlaxoSmithKline, is available on SAEC's website for free, and the group plans to publish the associations later this year. However, an SAEC official said "it would be preliminary to develop a meaningful diagnostic chip off this data."

In an online commentary in CMAJ, an OICR official argues that if Canada's support of personalized medicine can't compete with other regions, the country will lose commercialization opportunities.

In a talk at the AAAS meeting in Chicago, Stanford University bioengineer Drew Endy said that the US needs a national initiative to support and encourage synthetic biology.

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Three genetic testing companies form a coalition to influence how Congress considers genetic privacy, The Hill reports.

University of California, San Diego researchers investigate how skin care products influence the skin microbiome, Scientific American reports.

The Wall Street Journal examines billing codes used by uBiome.

In PNAS this week: links between lung adenocarcinoma and lncRNA, algorithm to impute and cluster Hi-C interaction profiles from single cells, and more.