NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Gen-Probe and Affymetrix presented updates on their businesses for investors at the Thomas Weisel Healthcare Conference being held this week in Boston.

Gen-Probe officials said that the firm is on track with clinical trials for its Aptima HPV assay and expects to file for US Food and Drug Administration clearance of the test by the end of 2010. They also said that Panther, Gen-Probe's fully automated molecular instrument, is on schedule for a late 2010 launch in Europe, followed by a US launch in 2011.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.