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.

Under the updated guidelines, teams competing for the prize will now have to sequence the genomes of 100 centenarians.

Medco Health Solutions, a pharmacy benefit manager, is now sponsoring the prize, whose $10 million purse is underwritten by a grant from Stewart Blusson, president of Archon Minerals, and his wife Marilyn.

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In Science this week: International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium publishes the bread wheat cultivar Chinese Spring reference genome, and more.

At his FDA Law Blog, Jeffrey Gibbs discusses FDA's technical assistance for the draft Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act.

The New York Times reports that genetic testing has uncovered unfaithful penguins at a Utah aquarium.

Cancer researcher loses funding under new Wellcome Trust anti-bullying policies, the Guardian reports.

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