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In Brief This Week: Oxford Gene Technology; NuGen Technologies; DNA Genotek; Ion Torrent; Compandia

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Oxford Gene Technology has received ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification. The certification covers information security management standards and extends to all data generation, including the firm's CytoSure and Genefficiency services, biomarker discovery, and development of CytoSure Interpret software.

NuGen Technologies this week said that it has been selected by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to provide automated reagent solutions for expression profiling of 6,000 blood samples from the Framingham Heart Study, the ongoing landmark heart disease study initiated in 1948.

DNA Genotek said that its Performagene-Livestock DNA collection product has been selected for use by the GenoTest program in Canada. The GenoTest program was launched this week by Holstein Canada and Semex Alliance Partners to offer genomic testing services on livestock in Canada using Illumina's 3K and 50K genotyping arrays.

Ion Torrent this week announced that it has extended the deadline for its Ion Personal Genome Machine Sequencer Grant Program in Europe to Nov. 22. Under the program, two scientists will be selected to receive Ion Torrent's instrument as well as a perpetual license to DNAStar's SeqMan NGen assembly software and CLC Bio's Genomics Workbench bioinformatics software. The winners of the grants will get their awards in the first quarter of 2011.

British biomarker discovery firm Compandia said this week that it has changed its name to CompanDx.

The Scan

Researchers Compare WGS, Exome Sequencing-Based Mendelian Disease Diagnosis

Investigators find a diagnostic edge for whole-genome sequencing, while highlighting the cost advantages and improving diagnostic rate of exome sequencing in EJHG.

Researchers Retrace Key Mutations in Reassorted H1N1 Swine Flu Virus With Avian-Like Features

Mutations in the acidic polymerase-coding gene boost the pathogenicity and transmissibility of Eurasian avian-like H1N1 swine influenza viruses, a PNAS paper finds.

Genome Sequences Reveal Evolutionary History of South America's Canids

An analysis in PNAS of South American canid species' genomes offers a look at their evolutionary history, as well as their relationships and adaptations.

Lung Cancer Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors Reflected in Circulating Tumor DNA

In non-small cell lung cancer patients, researchers find in JCO Precision Oncology that survival benefits after immune checkpoint blockade coincide with a dip in ctDNA levels.