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Recently, Harismendy and his colleagues explored two methods for targeted enrichment of DNA — Agilent's HybSelect in-solution hybridization probes and RainDance Technologies' microdroplet PCR — and published their results last month.

The study, published in Nature Biotechnology, found that RainDance Technologies' microdroplet-based PCR technology was more scalable than standard PCR for sequence enrichment, with comparable sensitivity and accuracy.

Increased sales in clinical diagnostics made up for slowness in life sciences sales in the US and Europe.

New Products: Oct 27, 2009


RainDance RDT 1000 Applications, Applied Biosystems 3500 Series Genetic Analyzer

New Products: Oct 1, 2009


Agilent Technologies, Bio-Rad, Bruker, Pressure BioScieces, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Pheonomenex, Kinaxo

New Products: Sep 29, 2009


RainDance, GATC Biotech

The partnership will focus on a platform for analyzing targeted resequencing data.

Life Technologies claims that Bio-Rad's Precision Plus line of protein standards infringes four of its patents.

Though the firm's total revenues were down, on a currency-neutral basis its revenues increased nearly 4 percent year over year. Bio-Rad also beat analysts' consensus estimate for EPS by a wide margin, sparking a rise in its stock price.

The companies, both of which were founded on technology developed at the university and are located in Ann Arbor, between them netted some $26 million in late-round private investment.


The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says other lawmakers should take Florida's approach and provide additional protections against genetic discrimination.

The Hill reports 17 states and the District of Columbia are suing over a new policy that would strip international students of their visas if they only attend classes online.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employees call on the agency to label racism a public health crisis and examine its own policies, NPR reports.

In PNAS this week: genetic evidence for Inca resettlement, analysis of spermatogonial stem cell transcriptomes, and more.