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Outsourcing Sequencing

At Science Progress, Scripps' Jeanne Loring explores the possibility that American researchers will soon be outsourcing their sequencing projects to China. China's sequencing capability is growing rapidly, she writes, pointing out that BGI has ordered 128 Illumina sequencers, bringing the total number of sequencers there to 157 — nearly double what the Broad Institute has. Instrument and reagent costs are only part of the price of sequencing, Loring says. "The Chinese will be able to achieve with DNA sequencing just what they attained in the manufacturing industry: the ability to do it cheaper and faster than anyone else," she says.

The Scan

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.

Study Highlights Pitfall of Large Gene Panels in Clinical Genomic Analysis

An analysis in Genetics in Medicine finds that as gene panels get larger, there is an increased chance of uncovering benign candidate variants.

Single-Cell Atlas of Drosophila Embryogenesis

A new paper in Science presents a single-cell atlas of fruit fly embryonic development over time.

Phage Cocktail Holds Promise for IBD

Researchers uncovered a combination phage therapy that targets Klebsiella pneumonia strains among individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease flare ups, as they report in Cell.