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New Product Watch: Feb 23, 2010

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Febit this week launched its benchtop HybSelector instrument for high-throughput targeted resequencing.

Unlike Febit's current Geniom RT Analyzer platform, which also supports miRNA-expression profiling and other applications, HybSelector has been designed specifically for processing the firm's HybSelect sequence-capture arrays.

BioArray News spoke with Febit Chief Scientific Officer Peer Stähler about HybSelector in December 2009 (see BAN 12/15/2009).


BioDiscovery this week launched Nexus DB, a repository for storing, querying, and sharing genomic variation data from its Nexus Copy Number software.

The repository provides secure off-site storage to ensure access to all data being generated with automated backup and versioning control, BioDiscovery said. It also provides a means to query results across multiple projects, allowing users to build on their previous or related work. Finally, it facilitates collaborative work by making it possible to access and review data, according to the firm.

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.