NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Privately held Chinese diagnostics services firm iGenomics has purchased 17 of Life Technologies' Ion Proton next-generation sequencing systems and has agreed to add 15 more machines by the end of the year, Life Tech said today.

Guangzhou, China-based iGenomics will initially use the sequencers for research in aneuploidy screening, but plans to expand into other applications.

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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

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