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Applied Biosystems, ArrayExpress, Ensembl


Applied Biosystems has launched its 7900HT Fast Real-Time PCR System offered in a traditional 96-well format. The firm said that the system reduces real-time PCR thermal cycling times up to four-fold compared to standard real-time PCR systems. The platform is capable of providing PCR results in approximately 35 minutes, compared to roughly two hours on existing 96-well format real-time PCR systems, according to ABI.

EBI’s ArrayExpress team has released Tab2MAGE 1.0, a spreadsheet-parsing and MAGE-ML generation tool, at Tab2MAGE currently includes two tools: the script, and a file-checking script, With these scripts, users can perform an initial data file validation against an array design, and then generate MAGE-ML using these data files alongside a separate spreadsheet providing MIAME-compliant sample annotation.

Ensembl release 25 is now available at There are no new assemblies in the release.

The Scan

Sick Newborns Selected for WGS With Automated Pipeline

Researchers successfully prioritized infants with potential Mendelian conditions for whole-genome sequencing or rapid whole-genome sequencing, as they report in Genome Medicine.

Acne-Linked Loci Found Through GWAS Meta-Analysis

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics find new and known acne vulgaris risk loci with a genome-wide association study and meta-analysis, highlighting hair follicle- and metabolic disease-related genes.

Retina Cell Loss Reversed by Prime Editing in Mouse Model of Retinitis Pigmentosa

A team from China turns to prime editing to correct a retinitis pigmentosa-causing mutation in the PDE6b gene in a mouse model of the progressive photoreceptor loss condition in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

CRISPR Screens Reveal Heart Attack-Linked Gene

Researchers in PLOS Genetics have used CRISPR screens to home in on variants associated with coronary artery disease that affect vascular endothelial function.