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In Brief This Week: Mayo Clinic; Vela Diagnostics; MNG Laboratories; and More

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine said this week that its biorepository has earned accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). CAP requires proof of high levels of accuracy in collecting, processing, and storing blood and tissue samples, Mayo Clinic said. The accreditation ensures that the biorepository is in line with international best practice guidelines for handling such samples.

Vela Diagnostics announced this week that its Sentosa SX cell-free DNA (cfDNA) Extraction Kit is available through an early-access program for use in next-generation sequencing and real-time PCR workflows. The kit is designed to run on the Sentosa SX101 instrument, and is currently undergoing final validation studies with clinical plasma samples.

MNG Laboratories announced this week that it has received CAP accreditation. CAP's inspection of the lab included examinations of its quality controls, records, staff qualifications, equipment, safety programs, and overall management. Chief Medical Officer Peter Nagy added that the accreditation will enable the company to continue expanding its lineup of genetic and neurochemical testing services.

Rx30 said this week that it has partnered with Alpha Genomix Laboratories to bring an actionable pharmacogenetic platform to market to allow pharmacists and physicians to work together to treat patients. 

In Brief This Week is a selection of news items that may be of interest to our readers but had not previously appeared on the GenomeWeb site.

The Scan

Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.