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Nick at Bitesize Bio offers tips on how to get the best results from your sequencing run. Among the ideas: use good miniprep kits; do PCR purification; and get the primers right. "Most (but not all) of the time, the quality of the results you get back from the sequencing lab are within your control. Most (but not all!!) sequencing labs are pretty well set up so the source of any problems is normally the quality of the template and primers you provide," he says.

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Nature News reports that researchers in Japan hope to soon test the use of reprogrammed stem cells to treat damaged corneas.

A new approach may help limit the number of fish that are mislabeled at markets or restaurants, according to New Scientist.

At Slate, the R Street Institute's Nila Bala discusses the privacy rights of suspects that genetic genealogy approaches in law enforcement bring up.

In PNAS this week: numerous mobile genetic elements contribute to Vibrio cholerae drug resistance, troponin I mutations in sudden infant deaths, and more.