While most genotyping plays have decided to diversify their positions or abandon the segment altogether, a little-known instrumentation firm is betting its future on its novel mutation-detection platform.

Though it occupies this space largely out of necessity — plans to expand into proteomics, gene sequencing, and forensics are stalled due to the soft market — the small company, SpectruMedix, has already signed on an impressive roster of genotyping customers from big pharma, big tools, and government.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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