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SAN FRANCISCO (GenomeWeb News) – At the annual American Society for Human Genetics meeting here today, a clinical genetics team from Brigham and Women's Hospital was named the winner of a genomic sequencing standards contest spearheaded by investigators at Boston Children's Hospital.

Foundation Medicine has added Brook Byers and Krishna Yeshwant to its board of directors as part of a Series A financing round (

John Opitz, a medical geneticist at the University of Utah, has been awarded the William Allan Award by the American Society of Human Genetics for his work in identifying and understanding genetic syndromes.

Initially, the machine will produce about 10 megabases of data per run, or about 100,000 reads of 100 base pairs each, using the so-called 314 chip, which has about 1.5 million wells and will cost $250. Reagent kits for template preparation, library preparation, and sequencing will cost another $250, bringing the total consumables cost per run to approximately $500.

The TruSeq exome kit will compete with existing capture products from other vendors, in particular Agilent's SureSelect human exome kits and NimbleGen's SeqCap EZ Human Exome Library v.2.0. Both Illumina and Agilent said they are moving toward automating target enrichment.

The new arrays, scheduled to launch later this month, will enable researchers to examine alternately expressed exons, and are in line with Agilent's effort to build its portfolio in the gene expression market.

The new office, based in Chicago, will mainly serve as a sales and marketing hub as Innopsys looks to grow its US customer base.

At the ASHG annual meeting Friday, a group of experts discussed everything from consumer attitudes about direct-to-consumer genetic testing to oversight of such tests.

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.