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.

This week in Nature: Researchers describe the adaptation of organisms to environmental changes, while another study provides new insights into pig domestication.

The blog Sartorial Science seeks to challenge the stereotype of scientists as frumpy, messy, clueless dressers.

While one researcher says cloning the mammoth may be decades away, if successful, it may lead to a theme park of species that would no longer be extinct.

DNA Sequencing is being used by researchers in California to survey fish and marine life as part of a conservation effort.

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