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New Products: SoftGenetics' Geneticist Assistant; Ariosa's Harmony Test; Quest's CMT Panel; More

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SoftGenetics has launched the Geneticist Assistant NGS Interpretative Workbench, a web-based tool to control, visualize, interpret, and analyze next-generation sequencing data in order to identify pathogenetic variants. The tool was developed in collaboration with researchers at the Mayo Clinic.


Ariosa Diagnostics has expanded its Harmony Prenatal Test to include the option of Y-chromosome analysis. The expanded test will now be able to determine fetal sex with greater than 99 percent accuracy and assess the risk of Y aneuploidy.


Quest's Athena Diagnostics business has launched a 23-gene next-gen sequencing-based test for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and Sanger sequencing tests for myofibrillar myopathy, hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy, hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy, hypokalemic periodic paralysis, limb girdle muscular dystrophy, benign familiar infantile epilepsy, and familial paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia (see story, this issue).


Arup Laboratories will make Natera's Panorama test available to its customers. Panorama is a non-invasive prenatal targeted sequencing-based test that screens for fetal aneuploidies by evaluating 19,500 SNPs.

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.