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In Brief This Week: Febit; Millipore, Eden Biodesign; Clinical Reference Laboratory, DNA Genotek; Phenomenex; Aushon BioSystems, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Febit this week said that it has launched whole-genome sequencing services in Europe for a broad range of species. The firm is using Life Technologies' SOLiD system to conduct the sequencing services.

Eden Biodesign and Millipore have signed an agreement under which Liverpool, UK-based Eden will offer Millipore's Ubiquitous Chromatin Opening Elements (UCOE) expression technology.

Eden said that it will use the UCOE technology to undertake mammalian cell line development projects and cGMP production for third-party clients. According to the firms, the UCOE technology provides major improvements in gene expression for stably transfected mammalian cells through effects on the structure of chromatin.

Clinical Reference Laboratory will use DNA Genotek's Oragene-DNA saliva collection kits for use with its molecular diagnostic services, the CLIA lab said this week.

Phenomenex this week said that it has launched a chiral screening service using its library of HPLC and SFC columns.

The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland will launch a cell microarray screening research program that uses Aushon BioSystems' 2470 Arrayer technology, Aushon said this week. The program consists of miniaturized RNAi screens, and in the future will include compound/drug arrays.

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.