GenapSys

By Julia Karow
GenapSys of Menlo Park, Calif., is developing a DNA sequencing instrument that will be based on label-free nanosensor array technology.

Cofactor Genomics has hired Don Henricksen as its North American sales director. Henricksen joins Cofactor after 16 years at PerkinElmer, most recently as a regional manager in the company's bio-discovery division.

Companies developing DNA sequencing and related technologies, as well as firms working on sequencing-based genetic tests, were among almost 3,000 small biotechs who received a total of $1 billion in grants and tax credits under the QTDP program.

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New results from the NASA Twins Study indicate that the immune system may rev up when in space, the Washington Post reports.

Kelvin Droegemeier, the new science advisor, spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Geekwire reports.

In PNAS this week: whole-genome assembly for the white shark, paper-based microfluidic method for detecting the malaria parasite, and more.

The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.