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New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Jan 16, 2015

LifeMap Sciences' VarElect

LifeMap Sciences, a subsidiary of BioTime, has released VarElect, an application for prioritizing gene variants from next-generation sequencing experiments. According to the company, the tool prioritizes variants based on their potential association to disease or phenotypes of interest.

Bio-Rad ddPCR KRAS Screening Multiplex Kit

Bio-Rad has launched the Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) KRAS Screening Multiplex Kit. The kit offers simultaneous detection of the seven most common KRAS mutations in a single ddPCR experiment. It is the latest offering in Bio-Rad’s line of predesigned, wet-lab validated assays for ddPCR.

Biocept Selector Liquid Biopsy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Biocept announced it has launched a blood-based EGFR mutation test for non-small cell lung cancer patients based on its Selector technology platform. Screening circulating tumor cells and DNA, the assay targets a region of the gene that includes T790M, a biomarker that identifies therapy-resistant tumors. This test will be performed at the firm's CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited laboratory.

Affymetrix Axiom Genotyping Arrays for Porcine, Equine Studies

Affymetrix has expanded its menu of Axiom Genotyping Arrays with new chips for studying pigs and horses. The company's new Axiom Porcine Genotyping Array and Axiom Equine Genotyping Array are now available for use by the agriculture community via its Axiom Expert Design Program. Each array contains more than 600,000 markers. The arrays will be featured at a company workshop during the Plant and Animal Genome conference, held this week in San Diego.

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The Scan

Cancer Survival Linked to Mutational Burden in Pan-Cancer Analysis

A pan-cancer paper appearing in JCO Precision Oncology suggests tumor mutation patterns provide clues for predicting cancer survival that are independent of other prognostic factors.

Australian Survey Points to Public Support for Genetic Risk Disclosure in Relatives of At-Risk Individuals

A survey in the European Journal of Human Genetics suggests most adult Australians are in favor of finding out if a relative tests positive for a medically actionable genetic variant.

Study Links Evolution of Stony Coral Skeleton to Bicarbonate Transporter Gene

A PNAS paper focuses on a skeleton-related bicarbonate transporter gene introduced to stony coral ancestors by tandem duplication.

Hormone-Based Gene Therapy to Sterilize Domestic Cat

A new paper in Nature Communication suggests that gene therapy could be a safer alternative to spaying domestic cats.