Roche's 454 Life Sciences said this week that it is launching a module for liquid-handling systems to automate a step in the sample preparation for its Genome Sequencer FLX.

The company said that the REM e System, a robotic accessory module that works with several liquid handling platforms, automates the enrichment step of emulsion PCR and subsequent primer hybridization in the GS FLX Titanium series workflow, replacing up to five hours of "dedicated manual lab work."

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.

A study appearing in PLOS One finds that shortened consent forms don't affect clinical trial participants' understanding of the study.

The National Security Agency monitored signal intelligence for signs of "nefarious" genetic engineering projects, Gizmodo reports.

In Nature this week: barley genome sequenced, method for genotyping and phasing short tandem repeats, and more.

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