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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.

Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.