Complete Genomics

A Complete Genomics-led team isolated and sequenced the genomes of 34 circulating tumor cells from a woman with metastatic breast cancer.

BGI will start offering quantitative RNA-seq services on the BGISEQ-500 soon, followed by whole-genome sequencing later this year.

BGISEQ-50

The new BGISEQ-50, a smaller version of the BGISEQ-500, will have research and clinical applications, and BGI plans to register it with the CFDA, too.

The PGP team used Complete Genomics' Long-Fragment Read technology to analyze the set of samples.

Last year, Radboud University Medical Centre's genetics lab conducted about 6,000 diagnostic exome tests and ran 2,000 nex-gen sequencing-based BRCA1/2 hereditary cancer assays.

Genos Research, a Complete Genomics spinoff, plans to build a large database of individuals with sequenced exomes and genomes, allowing them to license their data to researchers. 

Mao Mao

Mao Mao joined BGI Genomics in February from WuXi AppTec, where he was responsible for in vitro diagnostics product development and clinical lab services.

Genome sequences for 600 disease-free individuals over 80 years old suggest protective variants related to cognition may mitigate disease and boost healthspan.

The study sequenced the genomes of 300 deceased patients and found many variants consistent with diseases and adverse drug events the patients encountered during their lives.

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

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In a commentary at eLife, Brandeis University's Eve Marder calls on researchers to value and pursue truth.

Researchers have developed a way to quickly edit white blood cells, according to the New York Times.

In Science this week: rice gene enables plants to grow quickly in times of flooding, and more.

Education-linked genetic variants could also predict a small portion of a person's social mobility, Newsweek reports.