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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.

The patent, called “Fragment Complementation Assays for G Protein-Coupled Receptors and Their Signaling Pathways,” solidifies Odyssey’s position in complex-based assays, and adds depth to its IP coverage in these two areas, an Odyssey official told CBA News this week.

Scientists should “be very aware” of the “limitations” of bioluminescent reporters, and contemplate running control assays before interpreting data from high-throughput screens, NCGC researchers said.

Affy aims to target downstream genomic-analysis markets with the products gained through its acquisitions of Panomics and True Materials last year, roll out new genotyping assays on its GeneTitan array platform, and consolidate its manufacturing facilities.

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health's Chemical Genomics Center warn that the firefly luciferase enzyme may show enhanced activity with some compounds — potentially leading to false positive results.

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.