Storage startup Ocarina Networks has identified the life science-research market in general, and second-generation sequencing labs in particular, as key customers for its compression technology for online storage, which it claims offers up to tenfold better data reduction than generic compression solutions.

This week, the company said that Cornell University's Center for Advanced Computing is testing its "content-aware" approach to data compression, which uses algorithms that optimize the compression based on specific patterns within the data itself.

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ScienceInsider reports that a new security policy at the US Food and Drug Administration may prevent foreign nationals from working there.

WBUR in Boston looks into Orig3n's genetic fitness assessments to find more research is needed.

Cleveland.com reports that getting a DNA profile removed from a law enforcement database can be tricky.

In PNAS this week: de novo mutations contribute to non-syndromic craniosynostosis, fungal tree of life, and more.