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Horiba Biotechnology, Toyama University, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Gene-IT, MiraiBio, National Institutes of Health

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Japanese firm Horiba Biotechnology has developed a DNA biosensor using a charge-coupled device. The firm collaborated with Toyama University and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in developing the biosensor. Horiba said it would seek to commercialize the biosensor for gene-detection and gene-expression applications.


Gene-IT launched its GenomeQuest GeneRef Max data source of more than 266,000 transcripts from six major public data sources, including RefSeq, H-InvDB, UniGene, GenBank Primate, GenBank HTC, and Ensembl. The transcripts are cross-referenced with microarray probe sets and more than 9.6 million genetic sequences found in patent literature. GeneRef Max is delivered via the firm’s GenomeCast genomic content broadcast network.


MiraiBio launched its MasterPlex CT control and data collection software for the Luminex 100 multiplex assay detection system. The software will be available on Dec. 29.


The National Institutes of Health will hold a seminar on Dec. 8 on using Affymetrix GeneChip technology for genotyping applications. The seminar runs from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST in the Lipsett Auditorium of NIH’s Bethesda Building 10. Carsten Rosenow, senior scientist of Affymetrix genomics collaborations, will conduct the seminar.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

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.