massively parallel semiconductor sequencing

The startup is developing a semiconductor chip for single-molecule sequencing and plans to make the technology available to early-access customers by the end of this year.

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.

The New York City medical examiner is overseeing an effort to identify missing persons using DNA, according to the Associated Press.

Nobel laureate Günter Blobel has died at 81, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: mouse model of genetically induced emphysema, gene expression signatures of circulating melanoma cells, and more.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.