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The law broadens the ability of law enforcement agencies to use rapid DNA sequencing technology and upload resulting data into a federal database.

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.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.