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Complete Genomics Makes Its Debut

Complete Genomics announced its first sequencing partnership with the Institute for Systems Biology, and its plans to offer a $5,000 sequencing service in the second quarter of next year. The company will be the first to offer such a low price tag, and expects that to enable the sequencing of 1,000 human genomes next year and 20,000 in 2010. "That assumes the company can raise the money and find partners to build 10 sequencing centers at a cost of $50 million each. It also assumes there will be enough demand," says this NYT article. Tech Review also has a story on this, in which it quotes NHGRI's Jeff Schloss as saying, "'Stunning' is not too strong a word, if they can do it in the very near term. But I haven't seen any data and I don't know anyone who has, which is of course critical."

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.