Circulomics, Bionano, Sage Science, RevoluGen, and others have been developing methods for extracting DNA hundreds of kilobases and up to megabases in length.
The VGP released its first 15 high-quality reference genome assemblies today, which are part of the project's first phase to sequence 260 vertebrate genomes.
Of the six kits, the team found that Qiagen and Norgen's spin column tools recovered the highest amount of DNA across a range of base pair lengths.
The system is for high-throughput testing in central labs and the firm plans additional assays for infectious and sexually transmitted diseases.
Working with Case Western Reserve University, the firm will sequence fecal samples from individuals diagnosed with autism and provide results for free to the research community.
The company has been working for several years under NIH grants totaling more than $7 million and is now preparing for its first formal product launch.
Despite the initial high cost, the firm believes the assay's improved accuracy and sensitivity will sway clinical and payor interest.
Two researchers devised a protocol to sequence DNA from ancient samples and tested it on 100-year-old museum specimens.
At a user meeting in London this week, Chief Technology Officer Clive Brown introduced the SmidgIon and a number of other technology developments, as well as a new synthetic biology spinoff.
The company is now offering a test covering about 3,000 hotspots in 50 genes for 10 cancer types that can be performed on sample volumes as low as 50 microliters.
Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.
Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.
Vox explores a proposal to institute a lottery system to award grant funds.
In Genome Biology this week: gut microbiome study of individuals from Tanzania and Botswana, sixth version of the Network of Cancer Genes database, and more.