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THIS WEEK IN BIO-IT WORLD

No Nanopores but AGBT 2013 Showcases Plenty of New NGS Technology
Bio-IT World | The 2013 Advances in Genome Biology and Technology conference—likened by one participant as “the bastard child of a Gordon Conference and a Las Vegas Porn Convention"—may have lacked the show-stopping presentation of an Oxford Nanopore this year, but there was plenty to admire on the new technology front. Read More

PatientsLikeMe: Outcome Measures About to Get Crowdsourced
Bio-IT World | Thanks to a $1.9 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PatientsLikeMe will lead development of truly “patient-centered” health outcome measures via the world’s first open-participation research platform. Never before have crowdsourcing approaches to authoring, reviewing, and validating outcome measures been attempted on a single system, says Jamie Heywood, co-founder and chairman of the nearly 200,000-member patient network. Read More

IVF Clinic Deploys Ion Torrent Sequencing in Embryo Screening
Bio-IT World | A reproductive clinic in New Jersey has successfully used next-generation sequencing (NGS) to screen embryos conceived in otherwise routine in vitro fertilization (IVF) cases prior to implantation. The news was reported in a talk yesterday evening at the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) conference by Dagan Wells, a geneticist at the University of Oxford. Read More

N-of-One Announces First Provider Partnership with Fox Chase Cancer Center
Bio-IT World | Following a flagship collaboration with Foundation Medicine to provide interpretative software for genome analysis in cancer patients, N-of-One has announced a new partnership with the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Read More

Fruitful Market: Berry Genomics Tackles Prenatal Testing in China
Bio-IT World | Seventeen million babies are born each year in China. Yet in 2010, the country only had the capacity to offer 150,000 amniocenteses a year. As the most populous country in the world with a well-established one child policy, that number is astonishingly low. And it represents a ripe market for the next generation of prenatal testing. Now Berry Genomics, co-founded by Daixing Zhou, is hoping to capitalize on the market in China. Read More

ELSEWHERE IN THE NEWS

ENCODE Under Scrutiny
In the Pipeline | The ENCODE project has received a thorough dressing down in a new Genome Biology and Evolution paper by Dan Graur and colleagues. The authors highlight six major errors in the ENCODE project that led to "absurd conclusion[s]". Derek Lowe breaks down the claims (accusations?) on his blog. Read More

Eric Lander Takes on the Internet for Reddit
Reddit | Yesterday Eric Lander, President and Founding Director of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, spent a couple of hours on Reddit doing an AMA open Q&A session. Questions ranged from the ridiulous to the profound, but Lander was a good sport. He weighed in on what to do to increase the attractiveness of PhD programs; the current most important scientific questions; the coolest discoveries in the 21st century; immortality; his mustache; genetics in 10-20 years; and more. Read More

Eleven Winners Named for Breakthrough Prize
New York Times | Yuri Milner, Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, and Mark Zuckerberg have announced the winners of the first Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Eleven scientists were awarded $3 million each for their work. Read More

NetApp Announces New Storage Options
eWeek |  In a media event yesterday, NetApp unveiled its first all-solid-state array, a new flash accelerator for servers, and a future new storage line coming out in 2014. Read More

Coriell Life Sciences Launches Gene Vault Service
Technology Review | Coriell Life Sciences--a startup from a partnership between Coriell Institute for Medical Research and IBM--aims to facilitate genomics in the clinic. The company plans to offer sequencing, data storage in a "gene vault", and data delivery in an electronic medical record. Read More