ZS Genetics

Under the terms of the collaboration, the firms will combine ZS Genetics' proprietary technologies with HTA's experience in high-resolution electron microscopy.

The company uses heavy atoms to label individual bases and an electron microscope to disinguish between each base.

The Regents of the University of California have been awarded

ZS Genetics has started to work on a prototype of its transmission electron microscopy-based DNA sequencer that it hopes to complete next year, followed by the release of a commercial instrument several years later.

Becton, Dickinson has appointed Catherine Burzik to its board of directors.

In a step toward visualizing the sequence of long DNA molecules directly under an electron microscope, ZS Genetics has demonstrated that it can identify single labeled bases in DNA using annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy.

According to the scientists, who published their results online in Nature Nanotechnology last week, the results are "a step towards the realization of electronic-based single-molecule DNA sequencing."

Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.