Genome & Genetics News from GenomeWeb

The international team of researchers focused on Aiptasia in an effort to develop genetic resources for studying the sea anemone and other anthozoans.

Quest offers its BRCAvantage test on the MiSeq, has other oncology and neurology NGS tests in development, and is converting all its Sanger tests to NGS. 

They also put forth a proof-of-concept method for scheduled Swath acquisition, which accounts for changes in precursor ion distributions across LC gradients.

Launched in April, the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development is charged with streamlining that country's unwieldy funding process.

True Health seeks to acquire substantially all the assets of Health Diagnostics Laboratory, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June.

This Week in Science: New research into the emergence of infectious diseases, and scientists report on proteins involved in melanoma.

The hashtag #stupidcommonnames is gaining fans among scientists who find the common names of some animals and plants dumb.

Fed up with budget slashes, job cuts, and muzzling mandates, researchers in Canada are making science a campaign issue in the upcoming elections.

A former NIH program officer says the Internet has blasted open the door for scientific publications more interested in dollars than quality research.

Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) is maturing as a technology, becom­ing the central platform and gold standard for much of the molecular research and molecular diagnostics performed today. Behind this success is the field’s increasing awareness of the importance of quality control, validation, and performance assessment.

Lucigen has developed an NGS library technology that generates 20 kb mate pair reads that jump across repetitive elements found in microbial genomes (www.lucigen.com/matepair), which dramatically improves the success of assembly de novo by resolving repeat elements and ordering contigs. Six microbial genomes have been assembled de novo and completely closed and finished using Lucigen’s NxSeq® 20 kb mate pair library kit, a companion fragment library, and SPAdes assembly software.

Developments in scientific research are outpacing the IT infrastructure lifecycle. Avere Systems worked with Cambridge HealthTech Institute to survey 100 professionals responsible for storage in research environments. This report looks at the results of this unique survey and shares insights into the challenges expressed by respondents, like:

  • What respondents felt were their biggest issues
  • What is needed
  • Benchmarks for comparison