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Personal Genomics says its platform will be able to sequence a human genome for less than $1,000.

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Fluidigm, Expression Analytics, Maven Technologies, Van Andel Research Institute, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Northwestern University, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Illumina, Aperio Technologies, Samsung Electronics

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Columbia University, Riken, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Life Technologies, Syngenta, Petr Nikitin, Johns Hopkins University

The ITRI-funded group, about 30 people strong and called "Cracker," is currently looking for investors and strategic partners in order to spin out into a company and speed up the development of its technology. Eventually, the chip might allow users to sequence millions of single DNA strands in parallel in real time.

The team's patent-pending method uses arrays of up to a million nanowells on a composite "sTOP" chip — short for "sequencing on top of a photodiode" — that consists of three layers: a light-emitting tier in which the nanowells are embedded, a filtering tier, and a photo-sensing tier.

Australia will not be regulating gene editing of plants, animals, and human cell lines as long as no new genetic material is incorporated, reports Nature News.

The Washington Post reports that the US Department of Agriculture told its researchers to label peer-reviewed articles as "preliminary" work.

Researchers have sequenced the genomes of both the coast redwood and the giant sequoia, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In PNAS this week: study of epigenetic patterns in mammalian eggs, clonal expansion patterns in CD8+ T cells, and more.