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Life Technologies, J. Craig Venter Institute, BioNanomatrix, Nanosys, Geospiza, HDF Group, Pressure BioSciences, Cofactor Genomics, Ambry Genetics, Affymetrix, Navigenics, Enzymatics, New York State Department of Health, University of Washington

Navigenics decided to acquire Affy’s 10,000-square-foot Clinical Services Lab in Sacramento, Calif., after seeing an increase in the volume of orders for its genetic screening service. In addition to the advantages of having an internal CLIA lab, however, the consumer genomics firm will now have to navigate a complex regulatory environment.

Affy has decided to refocus its efforts on its core microarray platform and being an enabler for the broad adoption of microarrays across all genetic analysis markets, including CLIA lab services. Meanwhile, Navigenics takes over ownership of the lab as the volume of orders for its genetic screening service has increased.

Affy transferred ownership of the 10,000-square-foot Clinical Services Lab to Navigenics earlier this year though an increasing number of drug makers outsource their molecular diagnostic research needs to CLIA labs.

This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.