A consortium of mostly European laboratories is in the midst of investigating new markers for hematological cancers using amplicon deep sequencing.

The research study, called IRON-II, for Interlaboratory Robustness of Next-generation sequencing, is supported by Roche and uses the 454 platform. A follow-on to an earlier study to test the technical performance of amplicon deep sequencing in different laboratories, the new study is investigating panels of one to 25 genes in a total of 6,000 to 8,000 retrospective samples covering five hematological malignancies.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.

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