NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Oxford Nanopore Technologies plans to launch an early-access program for its MinIon sequencer in late November, the company said today.

Under the MinIon Access Program, an undisclosed but "substantial" number of selected participants will receive a MinIon system – consisting of the sequencing USB device, flow cells, and software – for a refundable deposit of $1,000 and shipping costs.

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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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