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One Array, Every Organism

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By Aaron J. Sender

 

We’ve got universal remotes and universal keys. So why not a universal microarray?

That’s what Caltech physicist Stephen Quake and his PhD student Michael van Dam wondered: Would it be possible to make a single array that would work for the study of any organism — from yeast to human? It turns out, in theory at least, that the answer is yes.

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Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.

A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

In Genome Biology this week: analysis of wild and cultivated peach genomes, Hi-C-based pipeline for assembling microbial genomes from metagenomic data, and more.