NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies and OpGen today said that they will co-develop technologies and applications for public health surveillance.

The companies plan to incorporate Life Tech's Ion Torrent sequencing system with OpGen's whole-genome mapping technology. They will focus on developing technologies and applications to improve the management and surveillance of food-borne microbial outbreaks and infectious disease analysis.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.

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