The US Government’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency is offering a $1 million award for programs that can analyze samples containing mixed segments of genetic sequences generated by next-generation sequencing instruments.

According to DTRA, these algorithms should be able to suss out the identities of each organism represented in the sample and characterize all non-host organisms.

The challenge will provide datasets from Roche 454, Illumina, Pacific Biosystems PacBio RS, and Life Technologies Ion Torrent PGM sequencers.

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Two new Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology studies have largely reproduced the original findings, ScienceInsider reports.

DNA fingerprinting could catch some sample mix-ups at pathology labs, the New York Times says.

A Maryland police department has turned to DNA phenotyping to develop a suspect sketch, WJLA reports.

In Cell this week: DNA methylation and T cell exhaustion, longevity in C. elegans, and more.