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By Monica Heger

This story has been updated to include analyst opinions.

Life Technologies' Ion Torrent business is planning to launch a new sequencing instrument by mid-year that will enable a whole human genome to be sequenced in hours at a run cost of $1,000.

The company has also begun shipping the 318 chip for the Ion Torrent PGM. The new chip has a throughput of 1 gigabase per run, around 10-fold higher throughput than the current 316 chip.

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Wired reports on how genetic genealogy's use in forensics has exploded in the year since an arrest in the Golden State Killer case was made.

Retraction Watch reports that the increase in retracted papers at a journal is due to more resources there to tackle publication ethics.

New York City has settled with a forensic scientist who was fired after questioning a DNA testing approach used by the medical examiner's office, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: technique for measuring replication fork movement, WINTHER trial results, and more.

Apr
30
Sponsored by
Lexogen

This webinar will discuss novel long-read transcript sequencing (LRTseq) methods for transcriptome annotation that could increase the efficiency and accuracy of future sequencing projects.

May
08
Sponsored by
Sysmex Inostics

This webinar will present recent evidence that demonstrates how incorporating circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) assessments into real-world patient management can influence patient care decisions, alter radiographic interpretations, and impact clinical outcomes.

Jun
19
Sponsored by
Roche

This webinar will discuss cell-free DNA prenatal screening in the era of genome-wide sequencing and factors influencing the clinical utility of expanded noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) menus.