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In Brief This Week: Fluidigm; Smiths Detection; Oxford Gene Technology; Promega

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Fluidigm said this week that a Japanese university is using the firm's BioMark System for Genetic Analysis in its research on mouse hematopoietic single stem cells. The system is being used in the lab of Toshio Suda at Keio University's 21st Century Center of Excellence Program in the Graduate School of Medicine.

Smiths Detection said that it is launching a partnership and licensing program for its LATE PCR DNA amplification and analysis technique. The London-based firm said that it is able to offer in collaboration with PHRI Properties the LATE PCR and Molecular Beacons through a single license. PHRI is a nonprofit company that is wholly owned by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Oxford Gene Technology this week said that the Center for Human genetics at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, has begun assessing the firm's CytoSure assays for use in prenatal diagnostics research. The study will last 12 months and will sue the arrays alongside existing screening techniques, said OGT.

Promega has opened its EuroLab facility in Charbonnaires, near Lyon, France, the firm said this week. The new facility will serve as a center of excellence and train Promega scientific support personal. It also will be involved in developing new applications that address emerging scientific needs in Europe.

The Scan

Study Reveals New Details About Genetics of Major Cause of Female Infertility

Researchers in Nature Medicine conducted a whole-exome sequencing study of mote than a thousand patients with premature ovarian insufficiency.

Circulating Tumor DNA Shows Potential as Biomarker in Rare Childhood Cancer

A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has found that circulating tumor DNA levels in rhabdomyosarcoma may serve as a biomarker for prognosis.

Study Recommends Cancer Screening for Dogs Beginning Age Seven, Depending on Breed

PetDx researchers report in PLOS One that annual cancer screening for dogs should begin by age seven.

White-Tailed Deer Harbor SARS-CoV-2 Variants No Longer Infecting Humans, Study Finds

A new study in PNAS has found that white-tailed deer could act as a reservoir of SARS-CoV-2 variants no longer found among humans.