In September, Pacific Biosciences said it plans to start an early-access program for its single-molecule, real-time sequencing technology during the first half of next year.

The firm is eyeing both the research and clinical diagnostics markets for its platform, which it plans to launch commercially in 2010. Later this year, PacBio plans to reveal the expected performance specifications for the first version of its instrument.

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The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

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