After going through a restructuring phase at the end of last year in which it temporarily laid off its entire staff, LightSpeed Genomics has secured new investors and continues to develop its optical-detection technology, which it plans to integrate with a new sequencing chemistry this year, In Sequence has learned.

The startup, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., said it believes that the resulting sequencing system will provide "dramatically improved cost and speed of sequencing."

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.