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Nature News reports that researchers in Japan hope to soon test the use of reprogrammed stem cells to treat damaged corneas.

Japanese researchers developed a catalog of HLA alleles that they used to perform a phenome-wide association study of the MHC and about a hundred phenotypes.

The company is developing a single-molecule sequencing technology intended to significantly reduce the cost and improve the accuracy of sequencing.

Given the high yield of miRNA markers they were able to isolate, the researchers believe the approach could be commercialized for routine cancer testing.

A Japanese-led team has performed a theoretical analysis suggesting it may be feasible to use temperature to both denature DNA and to translocate the resulting single-stranded molecule through solid-state nanopores at speeds approaching those needed for sequencing.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In a pair of studies online yesterday in Nature Genetics, two international research teams described the genome sequencing strategies they're using to study the human malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax and a closely related monkey malaria species,

Medical Diagnostics Laboratories has been awarded US Patent No. 8,206,930, "Compositions and methods for detecting Borrelia afzelii."
Melanie Feola, Martin Adelson, Eli Mordechai, and Lisa Novak are named as inventors on the patent.

Researchers from Japan and the US have identified non-retroviral RNA virus elements in several primate and non-primate mammalian genomes.

According to the scientists, who published their results online in Nature Nanotechnology last week, the results are "a step towards the realization of electronic-based single-molecule DNA sequencing."

At a meeting this week, researchers and others discussed the regulatory oversight needed for germline genome editing.

The US Food and Drug Administration has asked questions about Myriad Genetics' GeneSight test, according to Bloomberg.

Researchers report that neutrophil extracellular traps appear to binds gallstones together, according to New Scientist.

In Science this week: approach to infer genotype-by-environment interaction from genetic variants associated with phenotypic variability, and more.