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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.

NPR reports that many USDA researchers working at the two agencies that are relocating to the Kansas City area are declining to go.

Genetic genealogy has helped exonerate a man who has been jailed for 20 years, Agence France Presse reports.

A new report says genetically modified food might be necessary to be able to feed a planet of nearly 10 billion people, Bloomberg says.

In Nature this week: new RNA editing approach called LEAPER, draft assembly of Musa balbisiana banana genome, and more.