By Julia Karow

This story was originally published on April 28.

Illumina said last week that its first-quarter revenues grew almost 50 percent, largely driven by "continued success" of its sequencing business.

The firm also disclosed that it recently began shipping a new reagent kit for its HiSeq 2000, which increases the instrument's output to about 600 gigbases per run and reduces the reagent cost of sequencing a human genome to under $5,000.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.