This article has been updated to note a wider price for a high-end microarray scanner.

Following a series of corporate changes over the last year and a new round of financing last month, BioNano Genomics is about to start beta testing for its nanochannel-based single-molecule DNA mapping platform.

The San Diego-based company will initially market the instrument, called Irys, for structural variation analysis and de novo genome assembly, though other uses, for example epigenetic mapping or pathogen fingerprinting, are feasible.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.