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The Seattle-based firm plans to partner with pharma and biotech to use its duplex sequencing technology in applications such as oncology and forensics.

The researchers plan to commercialize the method, which they said can have applications in both forensics and oncology. 

SmallPond is part of a broader collaboration to provide services to the Bermuda police department and to establish a national database of DNA profiles.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed forensics panels to run on its S5 sequencing system in anticipation that the forensics market will slowly move from CE to NGS.

New York Genome Center-led researchers have found that short tandem repeats may regulate gene expression rather than representing neutral variation.

The RapidHit ID instrument.

The new platform is smaller and less expensive than the company's first-generation forensic DNA platform, processing a single DNA sample in around 70 minutes.

Timothy Kupferschmid

OCME's Department of Forensic Biology recently started testing next-generation sequencing for forensic applications.

Peter Vallone

Vallone recently authored a review of the field, noting that fully integrated rapid systems have special advantages.

In Genome Research this week: methylation patterns in multiple myeloma, recent Y chromosome bottleneck, and more.

Illumina developed the system in collaboration with members of the forensic community, who wanted a complete and fully validated solution, a company official said.

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Dog DNA testing finds that some purebreds might not truly be purebreds, Inside Edition reports.

Mary Beckerle has returned as director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, according to ScienceInsider.

Smithsonian Magazine reports that environmental DNA sampling can be used to track elusive organisms.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive satellite DNA in the fruit fly, transcriptome map assembly pipeline, and more.