NEW YORK (GenomeWeb news) – Pacific Biosciences has raised $68 million in a round of financing from new and previous investors, bringing the total amount it has raised since the summer of 2008 to $188 million, the company said today.

The DNA sequencing technology developer plans to launch a commercial version of its single-molecule, real-time (SMRT) Sequencing System in the second half of 2010.

New investors joining this round of funding include the Wellcome Trust, Monsanto, and Sutter Hill Ventures.

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York University researchers find genomic evidence of inbreeding in the yellow-banded bumblebee, according to Reuters.

In its survey of US adults, the Pew Research Center finds that views on the genetic engineering of animals depend on why it's done.

The Scientist reports agricultural researchers are working on a gene-stacking tool.

In Nature this week: statistical method for overcoming case-control imbalance issues, and more.

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