Scientists at Roche Molecular Systems have been exploring using the 454 Life Sciences GS FLX for high-resolution HLA DNA typing in research, an application that 454 said it believes could become one of the first clinical applications of the platform.

454 says that some of its customers outside the US are close to using the 454 platform for clinical HLA typing. In addition, the company is working with the FDA to find ways to provide the system to US testing labs, some of which doubt that the platform has become robust and cheap enough for such use.

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The New York City medical examiner is overseeing an effort to identify missing persons using DNA, according to the Associated Press.

Nobel laureate Günter Blobel has died at 81, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: mouse model of genetically induced emphysema, gene expression signatures of circulating melanoma cells, and more.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

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