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In Brief This Week: RainDance, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Celera

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – RainDance Technologies said this week that it has made the first commercial shipment of its RDT 1000 and Sequence Enrichment Solution. The Lexington, Mass.-based firm said that it had shipped the RDT 1000, consumables kits, and custom PCR prime libraries to the Ontario Institute for cancer Research, which will use the products in its discovery and validation of DNA sequence variants associated with cancers.


Thermo Fisher Scientific announced that the University of Middlesex in Hendon, UK, is using its Verso cDNA Synthesis Kit and Absolute Blue QPCR Master Mix in its cancer biomarker research projects.


Celera presented a poster at this week's American College of Medical Genetics meeting in Tampa, Fla., on its prototype Fragile X screening assay. According to the firm, and collaborators from the University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories, the assay "was found to detect expanded alleles in all pre-mutation and full mutation patients with 100 percent sensitivity in both genders, in addition to identifying all non-expanded alleles in patients with 100 percent specificity."


In Brief This Week is a new Friday column containing news items that our readers may have missed during the week.

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UK Team Presents Genetic, Epigenetic Sequencing Method

Using enzymatic DNA preparation steps, researchers in Nature Biotechnology develop a strategy for sequencing DNA, along with 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, on existing sequencers.

DNA Biobank Developed for French Kidney Donors, Recipients

The KiT-GENIE biobank described in the European Journal of Human Genetics contains DNA samples, genotyping profiles, immune patterns, and clinical features for thousands of kidney donors or transplant recipients in Nantes, France.

Cardiometabolic Disease May Have Distinct Associations With Microbial Metabolites in Blood, Gut

By analyzing gut microbes in combination with related metabolites in feces and blood, researchers in Nature Communications found distinct cardiometabolic disease relationships at each site.

Study Reveals New Details About Genetics of Major Cause of Female Infertility

Researchers in Nature Medicine conducted a whole-exome sequencing study of mote than a thousand patients with premature ovarian insufficiency.