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.

The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.