By Julia Karow

A team of researchers in Taiwan that is working on a single-molecule real-time optoelectronics-based sequencing technology has recently entered the competition for the Archon X Prize for Genomics, the X Prize Foundation said this week.

The group, which started in 2007 and calls itself "Cracker," is based at the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Hsinchu, Taiwan. ITRI provided initial funding for its research.

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Oxford Nanopore Technologies is looking into dual listings in London and Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post.

The New York Times looks into medical research funding in the US and how the grant system might not be funding the best work.

US lawmakers proposed increasing the National Science Foundation budget, including its facilities account, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: effects of gene deletions on bacterial metabolic networks, genetic responses to sea star wasting disease, and more.

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