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The National Human Genome Research Institute awarded $18 million in new grants to 10 scientists who are developing next-generation sequencing technologies. Among the recipients areresearchers at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center for polony genome sequencing, GnuBio for its droplet-based microfluidics, Caerus Molecular Diagnostics for label-free Millikan sequencing, and Boston University for single molecule sequencing via nanopore-induced photon emission.

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A new study in JAMA finds that genetic tests might not be able to determine what diet is right for someone seeking to lose weight.

A genome-wide association study that linked common genetic variants to salivary gland carcinoma risk has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

Vampire bats' ability to live off blood is etched in their genomes and gut microbiomes, the Scientist reports.

In Genome Biology this week: peopling of the Sahara, epigenetic reprogramming analysis of liverwort, and more.