Life Technologies has made several protocols for its Ion Torrent PGM accessible on its website and has also released a new dataset as part of its Life Grand Challenges contest, which challenges participants to make their own improvements to Ion Torrent protocols.

The company has offered $1 million to winners in each of three categories: sample preparation, base yield, and accuracy. Winners must beat the company's internal record by two-fold.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.