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In Brief This Week: Rubicon Genomics; RayBiotech

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Rubicon Genomics said this week that its 2013 revenues increased 85 percent year over year on sales of its nucleic acid library preparation products, ThruPlex-FD Prep Kits and PicoPlex WGA Kits. ThruPlex-FD Prep Kits for Illumina’s next-generation sequencing platforms provides sequencing from challenging samples with very small amounts of DNA or degraded DNA, Rubicon said. PicoPlex-WGA Kits amplify DNA to yield a highly reproducible library from single cells with input concentrations as low as 15 picograms.


RayBiotech announced the 22 winners of its 2013 Innovative Research Grants. The grants program targets a wide range of basic and applied research topics in the life sciences, including models systems for biological processes and disease. The winners were chose from more than 120 grant applicants. RayBiotech is awarding $5,000 to $20,000 worth of protein array and immunoassay-based products and services to each grant winner. A list of the winners can be found here.


In Brief This Week is a Friday column containing news items that our readers may have missed during the week.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.