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In Brief This Week: Agilent Technologies; DNA Genotek; Cisbio Bioassays

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies this week said that it has teamed up with the University of Mississippi to test seafood from the Gulf of Mexico for evidence of contamination, pending review by the US Food and Drug Administration. The firm said that researchers at the university are using its 7000 Series GC/MS/MS PAH Analyzer for a new method to test for levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The new test process is expected to be filed for review with FDA by the end of this month.

DNA Genotek said this week that it has joined the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The firm will be providing its Oragene nucleic acid sample collection kit as part of its role in the coalition.

French drug-screening assay developer Cisbio Bioassays said this week that it has opened a new technical support and service laboratory in Shanghai, China. The firm said the new demo lab will enable it to provide enhanced drug discovery services to pharmaceutical, CRO, and academic lab customers in China and the surrounding areas.

The Scan

Researchers Develop Polygenic Risk Scores for Dozens of Disease-Related Exposures

With genetic data from two large population cohorts and summary statistics from prior genome-wide association studies, researchers came up with 27 exposure polygenic risk scores in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

US Survey Data Suggests Ancestry Testing Leads Way in Awareness, Use of Genetic Testing Awareness

Although roughly three-quarters of surveyed individuals in a Genetics in Medicine study reported awareness of genetic testing, use of such tests was lower and varied with income, ancestry, and disease history.

Coral Genome Leads to Alternative Amino Acid Pathway Found in Other Non-Model Animals

An alternative cysteine biosynthesis pathway unearthed in the Acropora loripes genome subsequently turned up in sequences from non-mammalian, -nematode, or -arthropod animals, researchers report in Science Advances.

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.