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Anticipating that NGS will become a key clinical tool in coming years, several proteomics firms and researchers are investigating it as a platform for protein biomarker detection assays that use nucleotides as capture agents, hoping to take advantage of the technology's precision and multiplexing ability.

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Using a sequencing method and proprietary algorithm based on technology licensed from Stephen Quake at Stanford University, the researchers correctly identified all trisomy 21 and trisomy 18 cases.

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A bioethicist argues that it is now time to start taking steps to consider how to handle ethical, social, and legal issues that loom over non-invasive prenatal genetic tests.

Companies developing DNA sequencing and related technologies, as well as firms working on sequencing-based genetic tests, were among almost 3,000 small biotechs who received a total of $1 billion in grants and tax credits under the QTDP program.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.