NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Genome editing software maker Desktop Genetics today announced an investment from Illumina, for an undisclosed amount. The funding comes as Desktop Genetics seeks to automate the genome editing process, from target selection to validation of edited cell lines.

The deal with Illumina follows a £1.4 million ($2.2 million) fundraising round announced in September and a partnership with lab automation company Transcriptic, announced last month.

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John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.

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