By Julia Karow

This article has been updated with additional information from Nicholas Schork, a RainDance collaborator.

As the first example of a targeted assay for its sequencing platform that may be used clinically in the future, Roche's 454 Life Sciences last week launched kits for genotyping HLA genes at high and medium resolution.

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The partially reinstated US travel ban leaves space for uncertainty for researchers, Nature News says.

Researchers find a number of traits differ by sex and could affect mouse model studies, according to Reuters.

Tweaking the skin microbiome could help address some skin conditions, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: DNA methylation profiles of tumor tissue, gene dynamics in prokaryotes, and more.