NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The International Cowpea Consortium and Illumina have developed a new SNP genotyping array for cowpea that the partners hope will aid in improving crop yield, particularly in West Africa, where the protein-rich legume is a dietary staple.

According to Timothy Close, a geneticist at the University of California at Riverside, the new 60,000-assay iSelect array provides a 40-fold increase in marker density compared to an older, 1,536-assay GoldenGate panel that Illumina manufactured in 2008.

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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.