This article has been updated with additional information about the AGBT conference.

Oxford Nanopore Technologies said today that registration for early access to its MinIon sequencer has closed. It will now invite "a number of applicants" to be the first testers of the nanopore sequencing platform.

The company did not say how many early-access customers it will select for the first cycle of the program, which will run for six weeks, or when it will start sending them MinIon sequencers and consumables.

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In Nature this week: mouse genome functional analysis, more sensitive chromatin immunoprecipitation, and more.

The Center for Data Innovation and HealthITNow argue for re-building of genomic research infrastructure.

A Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill to require articles resulting from federally funded projects to be made publicly available, according to ScienceInsider.

The US is heading toward another budget showdown, Nature News says.