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The founding members of the alliance include Illumina, Intel, Cisco, Cloudera, and Montgomery College.

As interest in personalized medicine grows, government contractors are entering the field, the Washington Post reports.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded startup clinical diagnostics laboratory Claritas Genomics a $9 million contract to sequence the exomes of veteran samples, Claritas, Life Technologies, and Lockheed Martin announced today.

ZyGem LLC, a former US subsidiary of New Zealand-based biotech firm ZyGem Limited, is no longer in business after a group of former employees and contractors earlier this year filed a petition with a federal court to force the company into Chapter 7 bankruptcy for debts owed,

Life Technologies said this week that it has become the exclusive worldwide distributor for LGC Forensics' recently launched ParaDNA platform, a portable DNA testing system designed to determine the quality of human DNA more quickly and efficiently than existing methods.

Researchers from the Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine at the University of Arizona have published a paper describing a number of improvements to their fully integrated, microfluidic forensic device for rapid multiplex PCR-based DNA analysis.

ZyGem said this week that it has inked an agreement with law enforcement products firm Morpho, which will market ZyGem's sample-preparation and forensics analysis products to police forces worldwide.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – ZyGem today said it has signed an agreement under which Morpho will market the firm's sample preparation and forensics analysis products to police forces worldwide.

The companies have developed a beta version of their platform, RapI.D., and have begun internal tests with the hope of field testing it by the beginning of next year.

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In PLOS this week: nasal microbial communities in asthma patients; sequencing-based way to detect, track schistosomiasis; and more.

The New York Times speaks with Vanderbilt's John Anthony Capra about Neanderthal genes in modern humans.

A draft guidance from the FDA suggests the agency wants to more tightly control gene-edited animals, according to Technology Review.

Researchers were among this weekend's protesters bemoaning the new US administration, Vox reports.