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In Brief This Week: Genetic Technologies; Exagen Diagnostics; NorDiag, Hain Lifescience

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genetic Technologies released preliminary financial results this week and said that it will report a net profit after tax of A$4.3 million (US$4.3 million) for the half-year ended Dec. 31. The Australian genomic tools firm said that its half-year revenues were more than A$14.2 million, compared to A$5 million for the first half of 2009. In addition, genetic Technologies noted that its cash reserves were around A$8.4 million at the end of the period.

Exagen Diagnostics this week said that it has completed its expansion at the University of New Mexico Science and Technology Park. The firm said over the next year it intends to double its sales force and hire 16 additional employees.

Norwegian firm NorDiag said this week that Hain Lifescience has placed an order for 25 of the firm's Arrow instruments for nucleic acid purification. This is the second year in a row NorDiag has signed an OEM agreement with Hain for the Arrow instruments.

The Scan

Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.

Family Genetic Risk Score Linked to Diagnostic Trajectory in Psychiatric Disorders

Researchers in JAMA Psychiatry find ties between high or low family genetic risk scores and diagnostic stability or change in four major psychiatric disorders over time.

Study Questions Existence of Fetal Microbiome

A study appearing in Nature this week suggests that the reported fetal microbiome might be the result of sample contamination.

Fruit Fly Study Explores Gut Microbiome Effects on Circadian Rhythm

With gut microbiome and gene expression experiments, researchers in PNAS see signs that the microbiome contributes to circadian rhythm synchronicity and stability in fruit flies.