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Beckman Coulter Genomics has launched its SPRIworks Fragment Library System III for automated library prep for Life Technologies' SOLiD. Earlier this year, the company launched library prep systems for the Illumina Genome Analyzer and the Roche 454 GS FLX. According to the company, the system can complete up to ten samples within three and a half hours. The system uses a color-coded method card and cartridges, so library construction for all three sequencing platforms can be done on one instrument with the appropriate method card and cartridges.

Complete Genomics
is now offering copy number variation and structural variation results as part of its CGA Service (see story, this issue), in addition to SNPs and small insertions and deletions. The company said the new data will be particularly useful in analyzing cancer genomes.

Ambry Genetics
has begun offering sequencing services on the Illumina HiSeq 2000. The company is a CAP-accredited and CLIA-certified commercial laboratory based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has been offering sequencing services on the Illumina platform since 2007.

Agilent Technologies has named EdgeBio as a certified service provider for its SureSelect Target Enrichment System. EdgeBio achieved SureSelect CSP status for the Life Technologies SOLiD 4 system. The SureSelect system includes target enrichment for user-specified genomic regions, the human kinome, the human X chromosome, and the human exome. In addition to the SOLiD, SureSelect can be used with both the Illumina and 454 platforms.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.