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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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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.