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In Brief This Week: GATC Biotech; Eurofins Operon MWG; Progenika; Strand Life Sciences

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – GATC Biotech this week said that it intends to analyze 100,000 human genomes within the next four year for pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and academic research customers. The sequencing services provider added that it will open a new business unit for human genome analysis at its headquarters in Germany. GATC said that it will use Illumina's HiSeq 2000 and Pacific Biosciences' RS systems to achieve its goal.


Eurofins MWG Operon this week said that it has added a Roche GS Junior sequencer to its arsenal of instruments used in providing sequencing services. It said the GS Junior is suited for smaller-scale projects that require only one-eighth of the capacity of a GS FLX Titanium run or which would not be suitable for an Illumina run.


Progenika has obtained the CE Mark for its LPLchip, a DNA chip to detect more than 120 mutations in the lipoprotein lipase gene. The test can rapidly diagnose patients with complete and partial lipoprotein lipase deficiency (LPLD), a condition that can lead to serious complications, such as acute recurring pancreatitis. The test was developed in collaboration with Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics, which has filed for European marketing clearance for its drug Glybera for treating LPLD.


Strand Life Sciences announced this week the creation of a US-based subsidiary called Strand Scientific Intelligence, which will be based in the San Francisco Bay area.

The Scan

Rare Genetic Disease Partnership

A public-private partnership plans to speed the development of gene therapies for rare genetic diseases, Stat News writes.

Approval Sought for Alzheimer's Drug

The Wall Street Journal reports Eli Lilly has initiated a rolling submission to the US Food and Drug Administration to seek approval for its drug to treat Alzheimer's disease.

DNA Barcoding Paper Retracted

Science reports that a 2014 DNA barcoding paper was retracted after a co-author brought up data validity concerns.

Nature Papers Present Genomic Analysis of Bronze Age Mummies, Approach to Study Host-Pathogen Interactions

In Nature this week: analysis finds Tarim mummies had local genetic origin, and more.