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Climate Action Cost Accounting Standard Proposed

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A new paper proposes an accounting standard that would require private companies to spell out their costs of meeting net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. . . . → Read More: Climate Action Cost Accounting Standard Proposed

Companies Call for Genome Editing Regulations

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A group of companies developing treatments for disease using genome editing are calling for regulations and standards to govern these technologies in regenerative medicine. . . . → Read More: Companies Call for Genome Editing Regulations

Model Biotech Materials Sharing Agreement Unveiled

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A document with standard legal language for terms and conditions of sharing biotechnology materials is now available for academic and industry research labs. . . . → Read More: Model Biotech Materials Sharing Agreement Unveiled

Coalition Standardizes Chronic Kidney Disease Tests

A group of medical lab companies, medical centers, and not-for-profit groups developed standardized testing protocols for chronic kidney disease, which participants expect will help more people diagnose the condition earlier. . . . → Read More: Coalition Standardizes Chronic Kidney Disease Tests

Commercial Genome Service Launches Based on Open Data

A start-up software company is offering genetic analysis services for research and precision medicine that comply with open standards and access Google’s genomic data sets. . . . → Read More: Commercial Genome Service Launches Based on Open Data

Universal Wireless Charging Device Designed

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14 October 2015. Engineering researchers designed a prototype device that can simultaneously charge mobile phones compatible with leading wireless charging specifications. Dukju Ahn and Patrick Mercier at University of California in San Diego describe their device in a recent issue of the journal IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics (paid subscription required).

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Companies Form Fertility Treatment Technologies Alliance

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8 June 2015. An alliance of drug, genomic, and assisted fertility technology companies are collaborating on processes and standards that encourage more consistency in results from assisted reproductive treatment labs. Financial details of the Global Fertility Alliance joining Illumina, Merck, and Genea were not disclosed.

The three companies aim to improve . . . → Read More: Companies Form Fertility Treatment Technologies Alliance

Genome Interpretation Database, Quality Effort Underway

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28 May 2015. A program to improve diagnostics and research based on genomic variations is underway that collects genetic data and implements standards for their interpretation. A description of the Clinical Genome Resource or ClinGen program appears in yesterday’s issue of the New England Journal of . . . → Read More: Genome Interpretation Database, Quality Effort Underway

Standard Devised to Cut Poultry Antibiotic Use

(Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

7 May 2015. An organization of school districts in the U.S., joined by the Pew Charitable Trusts and U.S. Department of Agriculture, wrote a set of guidelines to reduce the use of antibiotics in raising chickens destined for school feeding programs. Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest producer of chickens, . . . → Read More: Standard Devised to Cut Poultry Antibiotic Use

Purdue Spin-Off Designing Customized Synthetic Tissue

Sherry Harbin (Purdue University)

8 April 2015. A one year-old company, based on research at a Purdue University biomedical engineering lab, is producing customized biomaterials designed to form into synthetic tissue for drug discovery and toxicity testing. GeniPhys, founded by Purdue biomedical engineering professor Sherry Harbin, aims to further develop the technology, licensed . . . → Read More: Purdue Spin-Off Designing Customized Synthetic Tissue