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Google steps up Genomics pitch with $25-a-genome storage service

Google is going after your genome. The search giant has spent the past 18 months building its Google Genomics platform and pitching it to researchers as a way to store human genomes for $25 each per year.

Open-source atlas of the human proteome goes live

In 2003, a team of scientists and IT engineers set out to create a map of which proteins are found in each part of the body. Now, after committing more than 1,000 man years to the project, the team has released the Human Protein Atlas, an interactive map of the proteome containing 13 million annotated images.

Team taps Wikipedia for flu forecasting data

The space occupied by Google Flu Trends is becoming more congested. One year after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out a call for ways to use digital data to forecast the flu season, details of the entrants' models are still trickling in as academic papers are published.

AstraZeneca strikes $150M deal to buy data analysis business

As part of its immuno-oncology strategy, AstraZeneca's biotech unit MedImmune will pay $150 million upfront and commit to undisclosed milestone fees to take over German data analysis firm Definiens.

FDA resumes its long search for a CIO

The FDA resumed its active search for a CIO late last month, more than one year after it first advertised the position, Regulatory Focus reports.

Venter makes new hires at Synthetic Genomics and Human Longevity

J. Craig Venter has made new hires at two of his companies.

Google adds CDC data to Flu Trends model

Google has made the biggest change to its Flu Trends influenza tracking software since it first released the system in 2008. The update incorporates data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an attempt to improve the accuracy of the model.

Cleveland Clinic teams with IBM to use Watson in genomics cancer research

IBM has made another foray into healthcare research. The latest collaboration sees the tech veteran team up with Cleveland Clinic to use Watson in genomics cancer research.

Novo Nordisk pushes back date of IT IPO decision to 2015

Having spent the past 10 months weighing up the merits of a separate listing for its IT subsidiary NNIT, Novo Nordisk has decided it needs to wait a little longer before pulling the trigger.

Report: GSK, J&J, Merck and Sanofi have made mobile app breakthroughs

A report by Research2Guidance found that GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Sanofi outperformed their peers in terms of apps downloaded.

Boehringer picks IDBS system in consolidation of ELN

Boehringer Ingelheim has completed a pilot project to assess whether it is best served by its current electronic laboratory notebook technology. The process led to Boehringer deciding to phase out use of multiple in-house systems and replace them with IDBS' E‑WorkBook Suite.

Billionaire doc teams with Oxford Uni to build 'NASA of biomedicine'

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong has teamed up with the University of Oxford and others to further the United Kingdom's plan to build the "NASA of biomedicine." Some of the £141 million ($227 million) investment is earmarked for establishing computing infrastructure to support the U.K.'s genomics project.

NIH-funded registry of patient-entered genetic data goes live

Geisinger Health System has added another component to the genomic variant database it is helping to create as part of a $25 million National Institutes of Health initiative. The new addition gives patients the option to submit their genetic test results and other health information to a registry.

Cornell bags grant to accelerate genomics data transfer

The National Science Foundation has awarded Cornell University a grant to cut the time it takes to transfer data.

Human Longevity backer creates $100M fund for 'crazy' ideas

While there is a well-established path from seed funding to exit for web startups, genomics plays with big ambitions require investors with deep pockets and an appetite for risk. Bryan Johnson seemingly has both and has set up a $100 million fund with the objective of turning "crazy" ideas into "viable" businesses.

23andMe steps up R&D with new hire, poster push

In a week during which 23andMe showed results from a clutch of its research programs at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting, it also tasked an industry veteran with winning new partnerships.

Microsoft makes cloud-computing available to Ebola researchers

Microsoft has taken a lead from its co-founder Bill Gates' philanthropic efforts. The computing giant is making its Azure cloud platform available to Ebola researchers who need help with the storage and analysis of data.

Regeneron allies with DNAnexus on 100,000 exomes project

Faced with the challenge of how to handle data from the 100,000 exomes it intends to sequence, Regeneron has struck a deal with DNAnexus to access cloud-based infrastructure.The biotech is working with DNAnexus through the Regeneron Genetics Center it established for the sequencing project.

BBK inks deal to buy mobile app development unit

The acquisition tightens BBK's ties to the team that helped to develop its patient and site engagement mobile app, My Clinical Study Buddy.

Genomics England picks 10 firms for next round of bioinformatics talent contest

Genomics England has dropped two-thirds of the candidates to provide variant annotation and clinical interpretation services to the 100,000 Genomes Project after reviewing the first round of responses.