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In Brief This Week: Sequenom; Geneart, Life Technologies; Thermo Fisher Scientific; Spartan Bioscience; BioTime

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom this week said that it will begin a validation study of its SensiGene T21 Laboratory-Developed Test in January. The firm has received its first set of clinical samples and will conduct the study at its reference lab, the Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine.

In September, Sequenom completed an R&D "locked-assay" verification study on the assay, and last week it said that the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology had accepted for publication a manuscript that details the results of that study.


Geneart said this week that it had transferred the shares of its minority shareholders to Life Technologies' Applied Biosystems Deutschland subsidiary. The minority shareholders, which had not tendered their shares in Life Tech's acquisition of a majority stake earlier this year, will receive €14.60 ($19.07) for each share of Geneart that they hold.


Thermo Fisher Scientific has completed the acquisition of laboratory water purification systems firm TKA Wasseraufbereitungssysteme for an undisclosed consideration. The German firm had 2009 revenues of around €10 million ($13.1 million).


Spartan Bioscience said this week that its Spartan RX CYP2C19 test has received the CE IVD Mark, allowing the assay to be commercially distributed in Europe and other countries that recognize the CE Mark in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific regions.


BioTime has reached a material transfer agreement with the University of California system to make five research-grade human embryonic stem cell lines available to UC system researchers. The firm said that the cell lines are genetically identical to a bank of GMP-compliant hES cell lines made available to California researchers under a recent agreement between the firm and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.