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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

Review of Approval Process

Stat News reports the Department for Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General is to investigate FDA's approval of Biogen's Alzheimer's disease drug.

Not Quite Right

A new analysis has found hundreds of studies with incorrect nucleotide sequences reported in their methods, according to Nature News.

CRISPR and mRNA Together

Time magazine reports on the use of mRNA to deliver CRISPR machinery.

Nature Papers Present Smartphone Platform for DNA Diagnosis of Malaria, Mouse Lines for Epigenomic Editing

In Nature this week: a low-cost tool to detect infectious diseases like malaria, and more.