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The research team behind the Optipore sequencing strategy adopted by NobleGen Biosciences has published a new proof-of-principle study outlining the steps for fabricating nanopore arrays from solid-state material, as the company itself works to secure Series A financing.

This article has been updated from a previous version to clarify that Wave 80 is evaluating the SPE technology but has not licensed it.
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By Julia Karow
This article has been updated to include information about Roche/IBM and Genia.

Noblegen Biosciences has been awarded a $182,000 one-year phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute to develop its "optipore" sequencing technology, the company disclosed this month.

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Illumina has launched several products related to its MiSeq platform, including TruSeq Custom Amplicon Kits, Nextera DNA sample prep kits, and its BaseSpace Cloud Environment for storage and analysis.

The company has automated its DNA conversion process and will shortly install a second-generation prototype nanopore reader.

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Wolfgang Oster, Gavriel Meron, Chandra Venkatraman, George Church, Chad Nusbaum, Zhiping Weng, Jorge Leon

"The type of products that can be made with nanopores are very different and can give that revolutionary aspect [to genome sequencing] that PacBio or Ion Torrent can't," Oxford Nanopore's Spike Wilcocks told In Sequence.

Several grantees are affiliated with companies working on new commercial sequencing technologies, including GnuBio, Caerus Molecular Diagnostics, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Intelligent Bio-Systems, NobleGen Biosciences, and Halcyon Molecular.

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According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.