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In Brief This Week: Life Technologies; ArrayIt; UCSC Genome Sequencing Center; Advion BioServices

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies this week said that for the second year in a row it was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The index was created 10 years ago and tracks sustainability of companies worldwide through criteria such as corporate governance, business ethics, human rights, talent development, community involvement, employee safety, climate change, eco-efficiency as well as environmental and social reporting.

ArrayIt has launched a biomarker discovery service. The firm said that it will run analysis of DNA or RNA samples on a custom microarray for a contract fee ranging from $100,000 to $1 million. It said that it will retain a "small percentage of each discovery as a downstream royalty."

The University of California, Santa Cruz Genome Sequencing Center said that it is now conducting sequencing services from other academic institutions and regional biotech companies. The center said that its sequencing arsenal includes the Roche 454 Life Sciences' GS FLX Titanium Series sequencing platform and the SOLiD sequencing platform from Life Technologies.

Advion BioServices said that it has expanded its LC/MS Biomarker Services Group. The firm said that it will assign an increased commitment of staffing, Thermo Scientific and Applied Biosystems mass spectrometers, liquid chromatography, and automated liquid handling systems to this service.

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.