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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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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.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.