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NCID said to Launch PCR Test for SARS Next Week
The National Center for Infectious Diseases next week plans to launch a PCR test to detect the coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, according to the center’s director.

A team of researchers in Germany said it has discovered genomic abnormalities in a modest percentage of patients with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...Subscribers: click headline for more

As PCR approaches its third decade of existence, countless research labs around the world perform tens of thousands of these experiments each year and generate more than $100 million in annual royalty revenues for Roche...Subscribers: click headline for more

With its headquarters in the middle of the Lake Kallavesi archipelago, genetic-discovery company JuriLab is situated in the heart of Finland...Subscribers: click headline for more

Regina Reynolds has been appointed director of marketing and corporate communications at EraGen Biosciences of Madison, Wis., the company said last week.

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Acacia subsidiary CombiMatrix has created what is believed to be the first microarray based on the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, the company said.

Nanogen Sacks 20 Percent of Staff As Focus on Molecular Dx Intensifies
Nanogen has laid off around 20 percent of its staff as it takes steps to better manage resources dedicated to developing and marketing molecular diagnostics, the company said last week.

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Name: Bernhard Winkelmann, director of the unit of pharmacogenomics/applied genomics, University of Heidelberg; associate professor, cardiovascular medicine
Age: 47

Dana-Farber Team Said ORFs Can Help Sharpen Focus of Gene Maps
Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have used a new gene-mapping technique to produce what may be “the clearest picture yet” of all the genes of an organism.

VizX Labs has released a new version of its GeneSifter.Net, which allows users to access updated genomic data and statistical analysis by logging onto existing accounts.

MetriGenix to Integrate Waban Software Tech Into Its Gene-Expression System
MetriGenix of Gaithersburg, Md., will integrate management software made by Waban Software into its gene-expression analysis system, the companies said last week.

A team of scientists on both coasts of the United States is getting closer to developing nanopores that can identify haplotypes one molecule at a time...Subscribers: click headline for more

A small startup near San Francisco has recently completed a pilot-assessment study of a novel and little-known high-throughput SNP-genotyping platform and has begun shopping around for commercialization partners...Subscribers: click headline for more

VizX Labs has released a new version of its GeneSifter.Net, which allows users to access updated genomic data and statistical analysis by logging onto existing accounts.

MetriGenix to Integrate Waban Software Tech Into Its Gene-Expression System
MetriGenix of Gaithersburg, Md., will integrate management software made by Waban Software into its gene-expression analysis system, the companies said last week.

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Name: Michael Berens
Age: 49
Title: CEO, International Genomic Consortium

Whitehead Institute ‘Screen’ Detects Mutations Linked to Drug Resistance

A team of scientists on both coasts of the United States is getting closer to developing nanopores that can identify haplotypes one molecule at a time.

A small startup near San Francisco has recently completed a pilot-assessment study of a novel and little-known high-throughput SNP-genotyping platform and has begun shopping around for commercialization partners.

Compugen wants to dip its toes into the pharmacogenomics pond...Subscribers: click headline for more

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NPR reports that many USDA researchers working at the two agencies that are relocating to the Kansas City area are declining to go.

Genetic genealogy has helped exonerate a man who has been jailed for 20 years, Agence France Presse reports.

A new report says genetically modified food might be necessary to be able to feed a planet of nearly 10 billion people, Bloomberg says.

In Nature this week: new RNA editing approach called LEAPER, draft assembly of Musa balbisiana banana genome, and more.