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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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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.

ScienceInsider reports that a new security policy at the US Food and Drug Administration may prevent foreign nationals from working there.

WBUR in Boston looks into Orig3n's genetic fitness assessments to find more research is needed.

Cleveland.com reports that getting a DNA profile removed from a law enforcement database can be tricky.

In PNAS this week: de novo mutations contribute to non-syndromic craniosynostosis, fungal tree of life, and more.