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As part of the agreement, the organizations will develop a joint Seattle-Shenzhen Institute. 

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.

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The Guardian reports that some UK physicians are calling for increased regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic tests.

US tax agency says 23andMe's genetic health test can be claimed as a medical expense for tax purposes, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Two Democratic lawmakers argue at USA Today that independent science is under attack by the Trump Administration.

In PLOS this week: networks of genes co-expressed in depression, role of minichromosome maintenance genes in lung adenocarcinoma, and more.