NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The number of samples accessioned for Illumina's non-invasive prenatal test grew 70 percent from the second to the third quarter of this year, resulting in "record revenue," the company said this week.

Overall, sales of products and services to oncology and reproductive health customers accounted for about 40 percent of year-over-year revenue growth in the third quarter, according to CEO Jay Flatley. Total revenue increased to $481 million from $366 million in the third quarter of 2013.

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A new study in JAMA finds that genetic tests might not be able to determine what diet is right for someone seeking to lose weight.

A genome-wide association study that linked common genetic variants to salivary gland carcinoma risk has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

Vampire bats' ability to live off blood is etched in their genomes and gut microbiomes, the Scientist reports.

In Genome Biology this week: peopling of the Sahara, epigenetic reprogramming analysis of liverwort, and more.