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New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Apr 3, 2015

Exiqon's miRNA NGS Service

Exiqon has launched its next-generation sequencing services for miRNAs present in blood serum and plasma. The new services provide a complete sample-to-answer solution, including the biological interpretation of customer results. Customers also can teleconference with Exiqon's experts in NGS and RNA to go over the results, it said.

Igenbio's Ergo 2.0

Igenbio has released Ergo 2.0, the latest version of its informatics toolkit for use in comparative genomics projects. The company's platform provides a curated genomic pathway database and tools that let users capture, query, and visualize data from sequenced genomes. Users can assign functions to genes; integrate genes and pathways; and identify unkown or mischaracterized genes and gene products among other capabilities.

Multiplicom Somatic 2 MASTR Plus Kit

Multiplicom has released the Somatic 2 MASTR Plus kit for the detection of actionable somatic mutations in the EGFR, ERBB2, PIK3CA, PIK3R1, and PTEN genes, extending its somatic MASTR product line that already covers KRAS, NRAS, BRAF, cKIT, and PDGFRA. The somatic MASTR products are designed for amplification of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue-derived DNA. The kit requires only a limited amount of DNA and all mutations are analyzed in a single sequencing run. The quality of the DNA extracted from the FFPE tissue and the amount required per test can best be determined using Multiplicom's add-on QC Plex test, the company said.

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The Scan

Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.