technology development

Fresh out of Techstars, two of the creators of the rapidly adopted genomic analysis platform Nextflow have big plans for their fledgling company, Lifebit.

After more than two years of development, the British vendor has matched HPC for sequencing alignment accuracy, at far lower power consumption.

The collaboration will leverage DiaSorin's Liaion MDX PCR system, and Tecan's Fluent Laboratory Automation Solution to provide users a complete sample-to-result system.

The new algorithm, called TOPSPIN, complements the company's MMprofiler test. It is considering making TOPSPIN-generated data available to its MMprofiler patients.

The two firms are collaborating on a system to share genotypic, phenotypic, and treatment outcomes data with physicians on a mobile-device network.

The partners will work to develop and distribute IROA Technologies' kit for chemically labeling metabolites for mass spectrometry analysis.

The company is also developing a next-generation sequencing product that may be applied at the point of need to test for bloodstream infections and later as a liquid biopsy for cancer.

As part of the agreement, the organizations will develop a joint Seattle-Shenzhen Institute. 

The tools the partners plan to develop will help researchers optimize genomic analysis workflows and better identify links between genes and disease.

The partners will develop a new product using MBio's multiplex, point-of-care testing system and Roka's experience in food safety testing.

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Using DNA to sketch crime victims might not be a great idea, the NYTimes says.

Science has its own problem with sexual harassment. What do we do with the research these abusers produce, Wired asks.

Senate Republicans led by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) are trying to change how the government funds basic research, reports ScienceInsider.

In Science this week: combining genomics and ecology to better understand the effects of natural selection on evolution, and more.