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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

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.