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New Products: Illumina's TruGenome; Personalis' ACE Exome; Sequenom's Enhanced MaterniT21 Plus


Illumina has launched its TruGenome tests, including ones for undiagnosed disease and a predisposition screen as services through its CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited laboratory. The TruGenome Undiagnosed Disease test is a whole-genome sequencing test, which will be available for order in December, to help physicians diagnose rare or undiagnosed diseases. The test costs $9,500 and has a turnaround time of 90 days. Additionally, Illumina offers the test for trios — the proband and two parents — for $17,500 and a turnaround time of 90 days. TruGenome Predisposition Screen analyzes 1,600 genes for mutations related to 1,220 conditions.

Personalis has launched an early access program for its ACE Clinical Exome test, an exome test that adds additional coverage to fill gaps in 7,000 medically important genes. Turnaround time will be eight to 12 weeks and the company plans to launch the full service in the first quarter of 2014.

Sequenom has launched the Enhanced Sequencing Series for its MaterniT21 Plus test, which will include the reporting of subchromosomal microdeletions, including 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (DiGeorge), Cri-du-chat syndrome, Prader-Willi/Angelman syndrome, 1p36 deletion syndrome, as well as trisomies 16 and 22. It will include these additional findings beginning the last week of October.

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.