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JP Morgan Healthcare Conference

Executives from the sequencing tech firms provided attendees with an update on recently launched products and platforms, and future technology developments.

Executives from 23andMe, Myriad Genetics, Genomic Health, and Alere provided updates on their companies at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco.

The company also announced the Infinium XT genotyping array for analyzing large sample numbers, and provided preliminary earnings for Q4 and full-year 2015.

San Francisco

Officials from Luminex and BioNano Genomics provided strategic updates at the conference.

Sequenom CEO Bill Welch said at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference that the company plans to bring "at least" three new laboratory-developed tests to market in 2015. 

BGI's spinoff companies, BGI Tech and BGI Dx, have merged and will go public next year.

San Francisco

Officials from Exact Sciences, Cepheid, Bio-Rad, Biocartis, and NanoString provided strategic updates at the conference. 

To date, Foundation Medicine has reported approximately 35,000 tests, of which 82 percent have a clinically relevant finding.

Golden Gate Bridge

Officials from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Affymetrix, Danaher, Hologic, Genmark, and Accelerate Diagnostics provided strategic updates at the conference.

Westin St. Francis

Officials from Genomic Health and Myriad Genetics updated investors and other attendees at the conference.

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The Associated Press reports that a state board in Texas has asked ANDE, a maker of rapid DNA machines, to halt its work there.

James Wyngaarden, the former director of the US National Institutes of Health, has died at 94, according to Duke University School of Medicine.

Researchers find that a 30-year-old skull comes from a narwhal-beluga hybrid, according to Science News.

In Nature this week: study of value diversity in GWAS, Epstein-Barr virus subtypes linked to nasopharyngeal carcinoma risk, and more.