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Sequenom and England s Health Protection Agency to Analyze Pathogens

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (GenomeWeb News) - Sequenom and England's Health Protection Agency are collaborating in a genotyping study of microbes, San Diego-based Sequenom said today.


Using Sequenom's MassArray technology, the researchers aim to find genetic markers that differentiate pathogenic from nonpathogenic strains of microbes.


Sequenom's method for pathogen identification and differentiation was published this month in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology in a study entitled "Novel Mass Spectrometry-Based Tool for Genotypic Identification of Mycobacteria."


The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.