RNA sequencing on samples from three New England seals revealed a new picornavirus that appears to share a common ancestor with human hepatitis A virus.

The NGS panel found that a previously diagnosed primary lung tumor was actually metastatic breast cancer, leading to a change in the patient's treatment.

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

Spokespersons from Bio-Rad noted that there appears to be an increasing number of researchers using ddPCR for methylation analyses.

The researchers sequenced plasma samples on the MinIon and found that NIPT could be feasible with improvements to accuracy, DNA extraction, and library prep.

BD plans to launch a cell sorter for the genomics market over the next six months and to release an automated NGS library prep system in early 2016.

In Nature this week: method to detect single-nucleotide and copy-number alterations in single cells from archival tissue, and more.

China has announced new rules governing the use of stem cell treatments, Nature News reports.

Wired's Sarah Zhang expresses frustration as a microbiome study of homes uncovers expected bacteria.

A database containing genome sequences from strains of foodborne pathogens may enable regulators and companies to quickly identify outbreak sources, Reuters reports.

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