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In Brief This Week: AnaSpec, Biocom Biotech; TriLink BioTechnologies; Transgenomic, iMedicor; Myriad Genetics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – AnaSpec said this week that Biocom Biotech will serve as non-exclusive distributor of the firm's catalog and custom products throughout South Africa.

TriLink BioTechnologies this week said that it has relaunched its oligonucleotide radiolabeling services, just a few months after it had discontinued the service. The firm said that "strong customer feedback" persuaded the firm to re-start the services.

Transgenomic will work with iMedicor on developing an educational marketing program for Transgenomic's NuroPro diagnostic tests for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The firms said that the online, alert-based program will target neurologists, gerontologists, and primary care physicians.

Myriad Genetics has launched a hereditary breast and ovarian cancer public awareness campaign in five Midwest states including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio. The campaign is intended to raise the profile of the firm's BRACAnalysis test for detecting the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.

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.