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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

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.