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In Brief This Week: Cofactor Genomics, Knome; Rosetta Genomics; Eagle Genomics; BioServe, UMass

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cofactor Genomics said this week that it has installed an Applied Biosystems SOLiD 4 sequencer and plans to use the instrument to sequence the genome of British heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne. The sequencing services provider will construct and sequence DNA libraries, while direct-to-consumer genome analysis firm Knome will analyze and interpret the data.

Rosetta Genomics said this week that Clalit Health Services, Israel's largest and the world's second-largest HMO, has established reimbursement coverage for its miRview mets test. It said that, initially, reimbursement will be provided to patients participating in a clinical study being conducted at three medical centers in Israel, with plans to expand reimbursement for the test to all Clalit members. The miRview mets test is a microRNA-based test used to assign a primary site to metastases in cases where the physician is unsure of its origin.

Eagle Genomics this week announced that it will provide bioinformatics services to OneNucleus, a newly created regional membership organization formed through the merger of ERBI and the London Biotechnology Network. Eagle will offer genome data management and integration services to OneNucleus' more than 500 members.

BioServe will supplement its own Global BioRepository with biospecimen samples from the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Cancer Center Tissue Bank, which has tissues and other samples from more than 20 different cancer types.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.