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: Icelandic genome sequences, approach to increase CRISPR efficiency, and more.

Testing showing "genetic incompatibilities" have led thousands of couples in Saudi Arabia to call off their weddings, the BBC reports.

Decode Genetics' ability to tell Icelanders, even ones the company hasn't sequenced, about their disease risk brings up ethical questions.

Genetic analysis of Britain's King Richard III and modern descendants of his relatives indicate breaks in the male line.

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