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In Brief This Week: Integromics, Ingenuity Systems; Source BioScience; Caliper; CLC Bio; Ontario Genomics Institute

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Integromics and Ingenuity Systems have extended their partnership to include the integration of Integromics' SeqSolve analysis software into Ingenuity's IPA software. The SeqSolve software is used with next-generation sequencing systems to perform tertiary level analysis of RNA-seq data at the gene and transcript level.

Source BioScience is providing its next-generation sequencing services to research teams at the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham for the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet. The partnership is aiming to identify common genetic variants associated with lung diseases.

Caliper Life Sciences announced this week that its Caliper Discovery Alliances and Services business has formed a collaboration with Denver-based health system Catholic Health Initiatives to develop improved methods for evaluating and predicting the efficacy of new cancer drugs. CDAS will perform biomarker and standard-of-care drug resistance/sensitivity studies on tumor samples provided by the health system.

CLC Bio has inked a contract to provide the Agricultural Research Council in South Africa with its enterprise bioinformatics platform across several geographic locations in the country. The ARC intends to use CLC Bio's platform and other next-generation sequencing technologies to study drought tolerance in crops using quantitative gene expression, map genome sequences for indigenous vegetable crops, and identify and characterize unknown pathogens from animals or plants.

The Ontario Genomics Institute said this week that it has launched a new website,, to demystify genetics and genomics and help the general public understand the importance of genetics research.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.