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


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.

The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.