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We Predict Serious Competition in Sequencing Service Shops

Keith Robison has a post at Omics! Omics! about Cofactor Genomics, a next-gen sequencing services company based in St. Louis, Mo. The company's currently offering to "generate & assemble 680Mb of sequence (from an Illumina machine) for the paltry sum of $4.7K," Robison writes. "At those prices, the idea of doing my own personal genome project can't be easily shooed away." He suggests that this makes a genome project feasible for a university class -- several hundred students in Biology 101 could all split up a genome and take a sliver of it as their own project, for instance.

The Scan

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.

Study Reveals Potential Sex-Specific Role for Noncoding RNA in Depression

A long, noncoding RNA called FEDORA appears to be a sex-specific regulator of major depressive disorder, affecting more women, researchers report in Science Advances.

New mRNA Vaccines Offer Hope for Fighting Malaria

A George Washington University-led team has developed mRNA vaccines for malaria that appear to provide protection in mice, as they report in NPJ Vaccines.

Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.