Big Man, Little Pants

Ion Torrent's latest Apple-style ad for its Personal Genome Machine touts PGM's sequencing chip, which allows the throughput to get bigger while the machine stays the same size — implying that Illumina's attempt to put its HiSeq technology into a small MiSeq is like trying to stuff a fat man into a pair of skinny jeans.

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.

In a statement, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says sexual harassment is "morally indefensible" and "unacceptable."