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The company is collaborating with Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of Colorado at Boulder to develop automated protocols for DNA extraction and library preparation workflows.

The Institute for Genome Sciences expects to start using the new Pacific Biosciences platform by the spring, as well as carry out projects related to the Human Microbiome Project, explore how to build up its computational capabilities through existing clouds, and hire two new faculty members.

Faculty from the University of Maryland Institute for Genome Sciences will work closely with the new enterprise in its study of the interaction between the human body and the microbes that inhabit it.

Michigan State University scientists will use the funding to study gut microbes and the effect they have on diseases.

Researchers from Washington University and elsewhere used Roche 454 sequencing to begin characterizing the viruses found in the feces of dozens of individuals over time.


The US Department of Justice has proposed a rule change to enable DNA to be collected from migrants, the Associated Press reports.

Bernard Fisher, a surgeon who changed how breast cancer is treated, has died at 101, the New York Times reports.

Washington Post columnist writes that she is skeptical about DNA-based diets.

In PNAS this week: recurrent inactivation of DEPDC5 in gastrointestinal stromal tumors, taxonomic reliability of GenBank sequences, and more.