By Monica Heger

Nabsys is aiming to provide an "inherently targeted" nanodetector sequencing platform that can offer de novo whole-genome sequencing and assembly, whole-genome mapping, and targeted sequencing.

The platform, based on technology dubbed "positional sequencing," will be especially suited for identifying structural variation, helping to assemble repetitive regions, and parsing heterogeneous samples, company officials told In Sequence this week.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.