NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Illumina said this week that it is collaborating with pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca, Janssen Biotech, and Sanofi to develop a next-generation sequencing-based panel to serve as a universal companion diagnostic.

The company told Clinical Sequencing News that it would leverage its US Food and Drug Administration-cleared MiSeqDx system to develop an oncology test kit that includes the NGS system, bioinformatics capabilities, and reagents necessary to target single nucleotide variants, indels, copy number variants, and gene fusions.

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.