As it struggles to emerge from 2003's ill-fated foray into drug discovery, Sequenom last week announced its new identity.

Harry Stylli, the San Diego, Calif.-based firm's new CEO, said in a conference call that the company will lay off about 30 percent of its workforce, cut costs, and focus its efforts on its core research market. All the while, Sequenom is going to be searching for partners in research and product development.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.