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In Brief This Week: Sequenom, Mayo Medical Laboratories; Enigma Diagnostics; Bioline; Atlas Genetics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom said this week that Mayo Medical Laboratories, the reference laboratory for the Mayo Clinic, will offer access to Sequenom's MaterniT21 Plus test for fetal aneuploidies. Mayo Medical Laboratories provides diagnostic tests to more than 5,000 healthcare institutions around the world.

Enigma Diagnostics CE marked it EnigmaML system and the company’s first FluAB-RSV diagnostic assay. The real-time PCR-based system is a raw sample-to-result instrument, which delivers results equivalent to central laboratory standards in up to 70 minutes, Enigma said. The assay detects all currently circulating influenza and RSV viruses from nasopharygeal swab samples.

Meridian Bioscience subsidiary Bioline has opened an office in Singapore to support and grow its business in the region. Bioline will provide direct sales, technical support, and training to its existing customers. It said it also can offer same-day delivery to many of its customers in Singapore.

Atlas Genetics completed development of the Atlas io Reader and is entering pilot manufacturing of the instrument ahead of clinical studies to support the company’s submission for regulatory approval in Europe. The io Reader, developed with The Technology Partnership, automates sample preparation, DNA amplification, and electrochemical detection.

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

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Study Presents New Insights Into How Cancer Cells Overcome Telomere Shortening

Researchers report in Nucleic Acids Research that ATRX-deficient cancer cells have increased activity of the alternative lengthening of telomeres pathway.

Researchers Link Telomere Length With Alzheimer's Disease

Within UK Biobank participants, longer leukocyte telomere length is associated with a reduced risk of dementia, according to a new study in PLOS One.

Nucleotide Base Detected on Near-Earth Asteroid

Among other intriguing compounds, researchers find the nucleotide uracil, a component of RNA sequences, in samples collected from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, as they report in Nature Communications.