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At the AGBT conference, MGI Tech showcased its technologies, while a Sanger Institute researcher presented results from a comparison between BGI and Illumina data.

The Shenzhen, China-based BGI subsidiary plans to expand its business to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other countries.

Among the updates provided at the conference on Wednesday, Luminex discussed development and plans for the Verigene II system, and GenMark touted its ePlex test portfolio.

Paragon and MGI Tech — a unit of BGI — have signed a distribution deal for certain of their respective next-generation sequencing panels and sample prep products.

MGISEQ-T7

At the ICG-13 conference, BGI previewed a high-throughput sequencer, MGISEQ-T7, that will be commercially available in 2019 and have a throughput of up to 20,000 genomes per year.

MGI received medical device certification clearance for its MGISEQ-200 and MGISEQ-2000 instruments.

The company recently released the MGISEQ-2000, MGISEQ-200, and MGIFLP sequencing platforms, as well as the MGIUS-R3 robotic ultrasound system.

Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.

A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

In Genome Biology this week: analysis of wild and cultivated peach genomes, Hi-C-based pipeline for assembling microbial genomes from metagenomic data, and more.