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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.

Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.