It has been quiet around Phalanx Biotech Group since the Taiwanese company in June announced its introductory offer of a $100 whole-genome human array.

The company’s stated goal is to make commercial microarrays affordable for researchers worldwide by offering them at a price between $100 and $200, much less than the average price of $500-$600 for other whole-genome arrays. And industry observers are guessing whether the firm’s entry into the market will touch off a price war.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

In PLOS this week: genotyping of indigenous North African goats, program to simulate evolve and resequencing studies, and more.