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In Brief This Week: Sequenom; Almac Diagnostics; NHGRI, Coraid; CLC Bio, JCVI

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom said this week that University of Michigan researchers conducted a study that showed that the firm's MassArray technology can identify human papillomavirus infections in women who previously tested negative with the Qiagen Hybrid Capture 2 test.

According to the firm, its PCR-MS method detected the presence of high-risk HPV in 46.7 percent of women who had tested negative by Hybrid Capture 2. The study is scheduled to appear in the September 2009 edition of the Journal of Virological Methods.

Sequenom said that it would seek US and European marketing approvals for its AttoSense HPV assay, which detects 15 HPV types associated with cervical cancer, "as soon as practical."

Almac Diagnostics has opened its new headquarters in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, this week, the firm's parent company, Almac Group said. The diagnostics firm also has facilities in Durham, NC.

The National Human Genome Research Institute has implemented Coraid's EtherDrive SAN as the storage environment for its genomics research, San Clemente, Calif.-based Coraid said this week.

CLC Bio said this week that the J. Craig Venter Institute is using accelerated versions of the Hmmpfam and Hmmsearch algorithms in its bioinformatics pipeline for functional annotation of proteins identified in metagenomics data. CLC said that it has accelerated the HMMER package's core parts with its SIMD technology, enabling an increase in sequencing analysis capacity.

The Scan

J&J Booster Support

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted to support a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Los Angeles Times.

To Keep the Cases Moving

The president of the UK Royal College of Pathologists tells the Financial Times that more investment is needed to tackle a backlog of cases.

NAS Expels Archaeologist

Science reports Luis Jaime Castillo Butters' expulsion is the first of an international member from the US National Academy of Sciences.

PLOS Papers on Angelman Syndrome-Like Cases, Salmonella Paratyphi A, SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil

In PLOS this week: exome sequencing analysis of Angelman syndrome-like cases, genetic epidemiology of Salmonella Paratyphi A, and more.