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In Brief This Week: Caliper Life Sciences; Interleukin Genetics; EMD Millipore; Waters; BioFocus

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Caliper Life Sciences this week said that the UK's Genome Analysis Centre, TGAC, will showcase its instrumentation for automated next-generation sequencing sample preparation and serve as a national reference site. Caliper said it will install at TGAC its NGS Bundle, which consists of its Sciclone NGS Workstation for library construction, the LabChip GX for library quantification and quality control, and the preparative LabChip XT for DNA size selection.

Interleukin Genetics has entered into an agreement to identify predictive biomarkers for use with Metagenics' Meta-060, which is being developed for weight management.

EMD Millipore, the life science division of Germany's Merck KGaA, has opened a new Biopharmaceutical Technical and Training Center in Shanghai, China. The center will provide support, training, and validation services to EMD Millipore's biopharmaceutical customers in China.

Waters said this week that it has designated the Proteomics Core Facility at Duke University School of Medicine as one of its Centers of Innovation. In previously launching the program, Waters recognized labs at Northeastern University, Imperial College London, the University of California-Davis, the university of Warwick, and Kings College London.

BioFocus this week said that it will use its SilenceSelect target discovery platform to validate drug targets in Astellas Pharma's neurology pipeline. BioFocus said that it would receive research funding and success payments based on progression of the collaboration.

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.