BLOCker sequencing

Transgenomics' CEO said these first forays into next-gen sequencing don't represent a shift in the company's strategy, which has so far been focused on Sanger sequencing and PCR technologies for molecular diagnostics.

A Transgenomic official said the company has signed deals "for a number of significant high-value projects" with pharmaceutical firms, which promise to "swell the [segment to] $1.5 million or more in the second quarter, plus [bring in] significant revenues throughout the remainder of the year."

The new method, called BLOCker sequencing, uses blocking oligos to increase the sensitivity of Sanger sequencing for specific mutations, for example in tumors or viral populations.

Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.