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.

Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.