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New Products: Bioarray's Preimplantation Genetic Screening Service; Omicia's Phevor; More

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Bioarray of Elche, Spain, has launched a preimplantation genetic screening service of embryos using next-generation sequencing. According to the company, using NGS for PGS is less expensive than older techniques and can be combined with preimplantation genetic diagnosis.


Omicia is integrating its Phevor Phenotype Driven Variant Ontological Re-ranking tool into its Opal platform, including the recently launched Opal Clinical genomic interpretation platform. Phevor, which the company developed with the University of Utah, speeds up the identification of disease-relevant variants in genomic sequences. It allows clinicians to integrate patient symptoms and information about their condition to prioritize genetic variants.


Vela Diagnostics of Singapore has launched the Sentosa SQ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Panel and the Sentosa Colorectal Cancer Panel for early access customers. Both panels, which are for research use only, are part of Vela's series of NGS oncology panels. They target 11 genes with 28 amplicons and have a turnaround time of two days. The Sentosa NSCLC panel screens for 113 mutations and the Sentosa SQ CRC panel for 112 mutations.

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Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.

DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.