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Epoch Biosciences, Glen Research, Eurogentec


Epoch Biosciences, a Seattle-based reagent supplier, has signed two agreements to make its DNA probe reagents more widely available in Europe and the US. Glen Research of Sterling, Va., will distribute Epoch’s Redmond Red and Yakima Yellow fluorphores, Eclipse Non-Fluorescent Quencher, and PPG modified base. Under the agreement, Glen can repackage Epoch’s components into package sizes suitable for purchase by oligonucleotide synthesis facilities.

In a second agreement, Eurogentec of Liege, Belgium, will use Yakima Yellow dye and Eclipse Non-Fluorescent Quencher in production of its custom oligonucleo-tides for sale in Europe and in Japan, through its Japanese distributor Nippon Gene.

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.