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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.

Sometimes genetic tests give inconclusive results and provide little reassurance to patients, the Associated Press reports.

Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.

In Science this week: research regulation and reporting requirement reform, and more.

With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.