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Beckman Coulter Genomics has launched an automated target capture sequencing service. The service uses Agilent SureSelect target enrichment technology, Beckman Coulter's SPRIworks Fragment Library System for automated library construction, and the Biomek Laboratory Automation Workstation for liquid handling. Sequencing is performed on the Illumina GAII and HiSeq 2000 platforms.


Illumina has launched TruSeq Custom Enrichment kits to target genomic regions of interest ranging from 700 kilobases to 15 megabases of DNA. The kits use the same assay design as Illumina's TruSeq Exome Enrichment kits.

Illumina has also released an introductory version of DesignStudio, an online tool for the design of custom probes for multiple applications.


Along with the Ion 316 chip, Life Technologies' Ion Torrent has released a number of other products for use with the PGM sequencer:

The company has launched an early-access version of the Ion DNA Barcoding 1-16 kit for multiplexed sequencing of up to 16 samples per chip.

Also available are the Ion Library Quantitation kit, a TaqMan-based assay for femtomolar-level quantitation of Ion Torrent DNA libraries using qPCR, and the Ion Sphere Control kit for template bead quality control using the Qubit 2.0 fluorometer.


RefSeq release 48 is now available by anonymous FTP here.

The new release incorporates genomic, transcript, and protein data available as of July 10 and includes 18,162,534 records, 13,116,724 proteins, 2,634,630 RNAs, and sequences from 12,235 organisms.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.