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Invitrogen: Jan 4, 2008

Invitrogen this week announced the launch of Dynabeads MyOne Silane and two dedicated kits, Dynabeads Silane viral NA and Dynabeads Silane genomic DNA.
According to the manufacturer, these products support the isolation of low titers of viral RNA and DNA and pure genomic DNA of high integrity, respectively. These validated magnetic beads can be used for both high sensitivity IVD assays and high capacity applications and are uniform in size range distribution, surface area, and binding capacity, the company said.

The Scan

Researchers Develop Polygenic Risk Scores for Dozens of Disease-Related Exposures

With genetic data from two large population cohorts and summary statistics from prior genome-wide association studies, researchers came up with 27 exposure polygenic risk scores in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

US Survey Data Suggests Ancestry Testing Leads Way in Awareness, Use of Genetic Testing Awareness

Although roughly three-quarters of surveyed individuals in a Genetics in Medicine study reported awareness of genetic testing, use of such tests was lower and varied with income, ancestry, and disease history.

Coral Genome Leads to Alternative Amino Acid Pathway Found in Other Non-Model Animals

An alternative cysteine biosynthesis pathway unearthed in the Acropora loripes genome subsequently turned up in sequences from non-mammalian, -nematode, or -arthropod animals, researchers report in Science Advances.

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.