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The technique provides the scientific community with a higher-resolution methodology to determine if a mouse cell line has been correctly identified in research.

The public-private consortium, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, recently released four new reference materials.

The material has a similar benefit to graphene, in that it is one-atom thin, but has the benefit that DNA does not stick to it as it translocates through the pore. 

The firm will provide DNA from at least 50 mouse cell lines for use in a PCR-based validation assay.

The partners have signed a three-year R&D agreement under which SeraCare will provide its ctDNA reference materials to NIST for comparison between labs.

The researchers found that many clinically relevant genes fall in regions of the genome that cannot be confidently sequenced and analyzed. 

Dozens of government agencies, academic institutions, and a various public and private sector organizations have now committed to driving the initiative forward.

The researchers propose attaching nucleobases to graphene nanopores in order to use the electrical and strain properties of graphene to read DNA.

Researchers tested a combination of three aligners and four variant callers on reference datasets, finding that each has its own biases. 

The firm discussed its technology, the NIST data, and data from some early customers in a webinar it hosted this week.

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Using DNA to sketch crime victims might not be a great idea, the NYTimes says.

Science has its own problem with sexual harassment. What do we do with the research these abusers produce, Wired asks.

Senate Republicans led by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) are trying to change how the government funds basic research, reports ScienceInsider.

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