This article has been updated with comments from a researcher at the US Food and Drug Administration.

Desktop sequencers differ in the quality of data and genome assemblies they produce, as well as in their cost, run time, throughput, and other metrics, but no single platform excels in all categories.

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In Nature this week: factors affecting the success of whole-genome sequencing for routine clinical diagnosis, and more.

A large meta-analysis from an international team reports that nature and nurture have about an equal overall influence on human traits.

The Lasker Foundation's Claire Pomeroy laments the state of NIH funding at Forbes.

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