massively parallel semiconductor sequencing

Researchers from Life Technologies' Ion Torrent reported in Nature today that they have sequenced the genomes of three bacterial species and one human using their semiconductor sequencing method.

Using nuclear and mitochondrial genome sequencing and genotyping, researchers have garnered clues about the genetic diversity and structure within Tasmanian devil populations and gained insights into the contagious cancer threatening devils in the wild.

The grant winners, Angel Carracedo and Mark Pallen, each receive an Ion PGM sequencing platform. Three runners-up also will receive the sequencer.

With the launch of the Ion Torrent platform, Life Technologies said that it will award $1 million each to winners who can use the technology to improve upon results achieved internally in the first phase of the Life Grand Challenges Contest.

In another pact designed to broaden Roche 454 Life Sciences' portfolio, the firm will work with DNA Electronics to develop a low-cost, high-throughput DNA sequencer based on the UK company's ISFET technology.

The companies will enable CLC Bio's Genomics Workbench and Genomics Server systems to receive data from Ion Torrent's sequencer.

A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.