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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

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.