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In Brief This Week: Luminex; Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, AmpliBio, Advalytix, Implen; Millipore; JCVI, Isilon; DNA Genotek

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Luminex said this week that it has launched its xTAG cystic fibrosis 39 Kit v2 and xTAG Cystic Fibrosis 71 Kit v2 as CE IVD Marked products in Europe. The multiplex tests screen for common CFTR gene mutations and for additional mutations that are typically found in specific ethnic populations.


The Mexican Ministry of Agriculture has ordered 17 GeneLABs for molecular analysis from AmpliBio. Each system will contain Advalytix's AmpliSpeed single cell molecular analysis cycler, and Implen's nanophotometer for quantifying DNA, RNA, and proteins. AmpliBio also is supplying the Mexican Institute for Epidemiology with nanophotometers to increase the institute's capacity to screen for H1N1.


Millipore has opened a new 30,000-square-foot bioprocess manufacturing facility in Danvers, Mass. The firm will produce a range of its Mobius single-use product line for biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies at the new facility, it said this week.


The J. Craig Venter Institute is using Isilon IQ as a repository for a massive dataset of sequenced DNA samples related to JCVI's work in sequencing microbes associated with infectious diseases, Isilon said this week. It said that Isilon IQ delivers more than 5 petabytes of capacity and up to 45 gigabytes per second of performance in a single file system.


DNA Genotek this week said that it is partnering with the Roswell Park Cancer Institute to collect DNA saliva samples on site at the Susan G. Komen Western New York Race for the Cure, being held this weekend in Buffalo, NY. The partners will use Oragene DNA sample collection kit. The samples will become part of RPCI's Data Bank and BioRepository.

The Scan

Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.

DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.