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Several groups are comparing Bionano with standard cytogenetic assays like karyotyping, FISH, or array CGH for blood cancer or genetic disease testing.

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.

The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

People reports that researchers have uncovered genetic variants that lead people to always feel full.

Florida state senators are to weigh a bill prohibiting life insurance companies from using genetic information in coverage decisions, according to Florida Politics.

In Genome Research this week: metagenomic sequencing assay that detects pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid, single-tube long fragment read approach, and more.