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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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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.