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Invitrogen and ReliaGene Technologies to Develop Forensic Test to Identify Male DNA

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (GenomeWeb News) - Invitrogen and ReliaGene Technologies, a human identification laboratory, will co-develop a product to detect Y-chromosome DNA in forensic samples, New Orleans-based ReliaGene said today.


The companies plan to combine ReliaGene's Y-Detect male-specific DNA recognition technology with Invitrogen's ChargeSwitch forensics DNA purification kit to screen forensic samples for the presence of male DNA, in particular samples from sexual assaults.


The resulting product, Y-Screen, promises to reduce false negative results, according to ReliaGene, and is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2006.

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.