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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – As academic researchers develop an appetite for next-generation DNA sequencing, companies such as 454 Life Sciences, through marketing partner Roche, and Solexa are taking steps to help them obtain government funding.
They recently encountered an encouraging event: Earlier this month, the NIH for the first time helped an academic lab pay for a next-generation sequencer through its high-end instrumentation program.

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Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.

A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

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