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.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.