By Bernadette Toner

The College of American Pathologists has formed a workgroup charged with developing a checklist for certifying labs running clinical tests based on next-generation sequencing technology.

The CAP workgroup, which is still in its early stages of activity, hopes to have an accreditation checklist for next-gen sequencing in place by the end of 2012, according to Nazneen Aziz, director of molecular medicine at CAP and the organization's staff lead for the effort.

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering using DNA tests to determine relatedness between adult and child migrants, the Daily Caller reports.

Bloomberg reports that Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics plans to offer a treatment it is developing under the "right to try" law for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In Nature this week: expansion of disease-resistance genes among long-lived oak trees, and more.

In a proof-of-concept study, researchers report being able to determine age from dried bloodstains, Discover's D-brief blog reports.

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