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New York City Is a Decade Behind in Genomic Research

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With all the praise heaped on New York City government for fostering a consumer Internet industry, it’s easy to gloss over biotech. You know, that other big factor in making us the innovation capital of the world.

A new venture hopes to change all that. The Daily News reports that the New York Genome Center, which we first told you about back in April, is set to sign a lease for a cutting-edge $150 million facility in lower Manhattan. The privately-financed venture wants to lure top minds from around the city and the globe and plans to hire 500 staffers over the next few years. Read More

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Genome Sequencing Lab Coming to Times Square Tomorrow In the Form of a 1976 Tour Bus

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Why would you retrofit a 1976 tour bus with cutting-edge gene sequencing technology? More like, why wouldn’t you. New York City residents can see this back-to-the-future experiment in person for the first time tomorrow when Life Technologies’ “Ion Bus” stops by Times Square on Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets, starting at 9am.

Technological advances have lowered the cost of sequencing a human DNA genome down to $1,000, and the bus was designed to “demystify” the science behind that–and promote Life Technologies’s Ion Proton sequencer, of course.

The visit is being hosted by New York Genome Center as part of its effort to promote genomic science, an area of study of particular interest to New York tech investors such as ff Venture Capital’s John Frankel and Esther Dyson. (You can watch a brief talk by Ms. Dyson on the direct-to-consumer genome market here.) Read More