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RainDance Technologies has expanded the primer library used with its Sequence Enrichment Solution and RDT 1000 system from 4,000 to 20,000 amplicons. The new libraries will be available to customers in the first quarter of 2010. The company now also supports whole-genome amplified DNA samples for targeted resequencing, allowing researchers to start with smaller amounts of DNA, such as those found in tumor biopsies. Its WGA protocol has been validated using kits from Qiagen, GE Healthcare, and BioHelix.


GATC Biotech now offers human genome sequencing services using SureSelect target enrichment and on-array DNA capture technologies from Agilent Technologies and sequencing on Roche GS FLX and Illumina Genome Analyzer IIx instruments. The company said it also offers complete human genome resequencing and bioinformatic analysis.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.