Researchers from the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole have devised a quality-control method for weeding out and discarding bad 454 sequence reads, thus increasing the accuracy of the data the platform produces.
 
According to the researchers, the method will be particularly useful for microbial diversity studies, where accuracy is especially important because researchers may need to interpret single reads without building consensus sequences.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

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In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.