NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The year 2015 was a busy one for the genomics research tools and molecular diagnostics industries with an uptick in mergers and acquisitions, the unveiling of highly anticipated platforms and upgrades, and growing interest in NIPT and liquid biopsy technologies. Among the most-read articles on the GenomeWeb site for the year were those looking into the false-positive rates of NIPT, the naming of a panel to lead President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative, and two articles on Oxford Nanopore.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

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Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.