X Prize Foundation

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The X Prize Foundation has decided to cancel the Archon Genomics X Prize, saying that the plummeting cost of sequencing a genome had rendered the competition moot.

The Archon Genomics X Prize, backed by a new sponsor, has revised the guidelines for the competition to reflect its interest in attaining a "medical grade genome," the X Prize Foundation said this week.

Earlier this month, the X Prize Foundation appointed Grant Campany as senior director for the Archon Genomics X Prize. The prize offers a $10 million cash award to the first team to sequence 100 human genomes in 10 days or less for a maximum of $1 million in total costs.

Cracker becomes the first Asia-based contender for the $10 million prize and eighth contender overall.

Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.

Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.

Vox explores a proposal to institute a lottery system to award grant funds.

In Genome Biology this week: gut microbiome study of individuals from Tanzania and Botswana, sixth version of the Network of Cancer Genes database, and more.