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In Brief This Week: Source BioScience, Illumina; Verinata Health; PerkinElmer; Altona Diagnostics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Source BioScience said this week that it has extended its next-generation sequencing services to include the Illumina MiSeq platform. The UK-based genomics services and molecular diagnostics firm said that it is the only commercial provider of the platform in the UK and added that the MiSeq will enable it to apply next-generation sequencing to molecular diagnostics.

Verinata Health said this week that it is launching a Monosomy X option, a test for Turner syndrome, as an add-on to its verifi prenatal test, which already detects trisomy 21 and 18 and Patau syndrome. Turner syndrome affects one in every 2,000 female births.

PerkinElmer has entered into a collaboration with the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants to increase awareness of pre-eclampsia screening in Europe. PerkinElmer sells the PGIF assay kit for pre-eclampsia screening.

German firm Altona Diagnostics has launched ADT Biotech, its new Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The new firm will focus on development of PCR-based molecular diagnostic products.

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

The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.