Genome & Genetics News from GenomeWeb

The session included perspectives from three clinical researchers from the US and Europe and a representative of the US Food and Drug Administration.

The results suggest that multiple copies of the tumor suppressor gene TP53 appear to play a role in lower rates of cancer development in elephants.

The agency and sponsors detailed how the ovarian cancer drug Lynparza and BRACAnalysis CDx achieved simultaneous FDA review and approval last year.

The company expanded its NGS-based test to 600 genes from 200 and added new diagnostic panels, with a particular focus on cardiovascular disease. 

The firm's EmbryVu test is based on an NGS method it licensed from Johns Hopkins University last year, called FAST-SeqS.

DDC provides private DNA testing services including biological family relationship testing, veterinary testing, forensic testing, and medical applications including cell-line authentication.

Rules and regulations governing genetic modifications of human embryos vary from country to country, Nature News says, but such work may take place despite restrictions. is eyeing an expansion into genomic risk assessments, the Verge reports.

In PNAS this week: adzuki bean genome, spontaneous mutation patterns in E. coli, and more.

An op-ed in the New York Times discusses banking of fecal samples to restore the gut microbiome.

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This webinar highlights important features and demonstrates the practical aspects of using the NCBI BLAST service.

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 (, 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.