Julia Karow

This article, originally published Sept. 23, has been updated with comments from researchers.

Helicos BioSciences has demonstrated that its platform can be used to directly sequence single molecules of RNA, without prior conversion to cDNA, a capability the company said could have advantages for analyzing small amounts of RNA or short RNAs and for providing unbiased sampling of transcriptomes.

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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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