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.

In a commentary at eLife, Brandeis University's Eve Marder calls on researchers to value and pursue truth.

Researchers have developed a way to quickly edit white blood cells, according to the New York Times.

In Science this week: rice gene enables plants to grow quickly in times of flooding, and more.

Education-linked genetic variants could also predict a small portion of a person's social mobility, Newsweek reports.