Amersham BioSciences seems to have figured out the way to the hearts of even the most die-hard public-sector genomics researchers: playing hard to get. Two years ago, Amersham’s John Nelson gave a talk at the anti-commercial Advances in Genome Biology and Technology conference in Marco Island, where attendees often dismiss the relatively few company talks as irksome product pitches.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

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