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In Brief This Week: Vermillion; NCGR, Isilon; Gelcompany, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry; Linguamatics

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Vermillion this week said that it will work with reimbursement services firm Premiere Source Diagnostics for the OVA1 triage ovarian cancer test.

In addition, the firm said that the US Bankruptcy Court in Delaware has approved the final fee application in its Chapter 11 reorganization case. The total professional fees and expenses were about $3.8 million, of which $2.7 million remained unpaid as of March 31.

Vermillion emerged from US Bankruptcy Protection in January — less than 10 months after filing for Chapter 11.

The National Center for Genome Resources is using Isilon's scale-out NAS to power its next-generation sequencing services, Isilon said this week. NCGR will use the storage resource for data generated by the eight Illumina Genome Analyzers it is using.

The Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry is using Gelcompany's HPE FlatTop Tower System for its protein analysis work. The system enables "higher resolution, reproducibility, and ease of use in 1D and 2D gel electrophoresis separations, said Australia-based Gelcompany.

Linguamatics said that its 2009 revenues exceeded $5 million, outperforming its target of 50 percent year-over-year growth.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.