“To perform good [disease] association studies, you need about 200,000 to 500,000 SNPs,” Susan Eddins, Illumina’s global marketing manager told BioArray News.

Illumina last week didn’t hit that metric with the introduction of a new product, but it will have a single chip that will contain probes and an assay for 100,000 SNPs — the SNP genotyping BeadChip. The chip will be available for beta-testing by year-end, the company said.

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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.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.

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