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New Products: Eurofins' Sequencing Services; Illumina's TruSight Kits, Ion Torrent kits


Eurofins MWG Operon has added sequencing on the Illumina HiSeq 2500 and MiSeq to its next-gen sequencing services business. The two platforms add to an array of sequencers, including the HiSeq 2000, Roche's 454 GS FLX and GS Junior, and the PacBio RS.

has launched five TruSight targeted sequencing kits for research use, including the TruSight Autism kit, TruSight Cancer, TruSight Cardiomyopathy, TruSight Inherited Disease, and TruSight Exome. The products are available for order now and will ship in the fourth quarter. The kits are designed to work with the MiSeq system and were designed in conjunction with collaborators from Children’s Mercy Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine, Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Institute of Cancer Research, London, and Partners HealthCare.

Life Technologies' Ion Torrent business has launched 300-base pair sequencing kits for the PGM and version 3.0 of its Torrent Suite software. The new version of the software delivers 99.99 percent consensus accuracy for both short and long homopolymer regions and increases the frequency of correctly called insertions, deletions, and homopolymer sequences by two-fold, according to the company. Additionally, it has launched an AmpliSeq Sample ID Panel, which identifies instances of sample misidentification.

The Scan

Latent HIV Found in White Blood Cells of Individuals on Long-Term Treatments

Researchers in Nature Microbiology find HIV genetic material in monocyte white blood cells and in macrophages that differentiated from them in individuals on HIV-suppressive treatment.

Seagull Microbiome Altered by Microplastic Exposure

The overall diversity and the composition at gut microbiome sites appear to coincide with microplastic exposure and ingestion in two wild bird species, according to a new Nature Ecology and Evolution study.

Study Traces Bladder Cancer Risk Contributors in Organ Transplant Recipients

In eLife, genome and transcriptome sequencing reveal mutation signatures, recurrent somatic mutations, and risky virus sequences in bladder cancers occurring in transplant recipients.

Genes Linked to White-Tailed Jackrabbits' Winter Coat Color Change

Climate change, the researchers noted in Science, may lead to camouflage mismatch and increase predation of white-tailed jackrabbits.