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The partners aim to establish and conduct programs and activities in agricultural research, technology, information transfer, and economic development.  

Capturing Variance

BGI CEO Ye Yin says that mapping variation within the human genome will bring a "big data revolution" to healthcare, Wired UK writes.

BGI Pursues IPO

BGI is seeking an IPO on a Shenzhen-based stock exchange, but the timing of when this might occur is unclear, FinanceAsia reports.

Several new laboratories started to offer NIPT locally in 2015, and some providers have been shifting to less-expensive non-NGS platforms. 

Pacific Biosciences' launch of the Sequel instrument, Oxford Nanopore Technologies' MinIon instrument, and 10X Genomics' technology excited the market in 2015.

Only about 5 to 6 percent of women in China, mostly in urban areas, currently obtain NIPT, but their number is expected to increase quickly in coming years.

The partners will create, sequence, and characterize millions of new rice gene alleles, focusing on proprietary rice lines with high-density genome variation.

The company plans to lay off 145 employees at its Mountain View headquarters, as well as 15 in San Jose, 13 in Sunnyvale, and six in San Francisco.

Going forward, Complete Genomics will focus on clinical research and support BGI's noninvasive prenatal testing business as well as the launch of its benchtop sequencer in China.

The organizations will use genomics to further research in evolution, ecology, agriculture and aquaculture, and science education and popularization.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.