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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.

An artificial intelligence-based analysis suggests a third group of ancient hominins likely interbred with human ancestors, according to Popular Mechanics.

The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

The Economist reports on Synthorx's efforts to use expanded DNA bases they generated to develop a new cancer drug.

In Science this week: reduction in bee phylogenetic diversity, and more.