Berry Genomics

Through their joint venture, Berry and Prenetics aim to offer a range of direct-to-consumer genetic testing services to the Chinese market.

By resequencing dozens of silkworm strains, researchers gained insights into history of the silk trade and the evolutionary changes involved in domestication.

The companies will work together on a new sequencing-based NIPT technology developed by 10x Genomics for the Chinese market.

NGeneBio is moving ahead with plans to have the test cleared for diagnostic use in Korea, while envisioning a 2019 submission to the US FDA.

San Francisco Ferry Building

Executives provided updates on their companies at the 35th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco.

The molecular diagnostic company plans to avoid the IPO process but go public in China through a reverse merger with an auto parts maker.

BioNano plans to develop structural variant assays on its Irys system for diagnostic use in China as a first step in bringing its technology to the clinic. 

The assays will incorporate BioNano's Irys next-generation mapping platform, which is designed to image, map, and analyze DNA at the single-molecule level.

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.