NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Illumina today announced an alliance with Germany's Merck KGaA and Australian fertility firm Genea to improve fertility-related technologies and laboratory processes.

The alliance will work to standardize assisted reproductive treatment (ART) laboratory processes. "This will ensure a consistently high level of performance between different centers and countries," Merck KGaA Head of Global Strategy and Franchises Meeta Gulyani said in a statement.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.