In Brief This Week: Illumina; FDA, Exact Sciences, Epigenomics; Source BioScience; Bureau Veritas, Maxxam Analytics International; 1st Detect, Rigaku | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Illumina said this week that its board has authorized the repurchase of up to $250 million of the company's common stock. The new repurchase program is in addition to Illumina's current program, which has $117.5 million available for share repurchases.

The US Food and Drug Administration confirmed by notice in the Federal Register that its Molecular and Clinical Genetics Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee will review Exact Sciences' premarket approval application for the Cologuard colorectal screening test on March 27.

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In Nucleic Acids Research this week: personal genome approach to RNA-seq read alignment, hematopoietic Systems Biology Repository, and more.

A man is using DNA evidence to argue that he is the rightful heir to the baronetcy of Stichill, the Guardian reports.

As part of an effort to get a diverse group of people to donate their DNA for research, some blood donors in the San Diego area will get their genomes sequenced, according to KPBS.

The comment period on the Department of Health and Human Services' proposal to alter the Common Rule has been extended.