DNA Genotek

WeGene will use DNA Genotek's saliva DNA collection kits for its genetic testing and personalized healthcare services.

DNA Genotek alleged that Ancestry.com misappropriated its intellectual property related to saliva DNA collection kits.

The consumer genomics firm Helix will use an FDA-cleared device from OraSure's subsidiary DNA Genotek for collecting DNA samples from customers. 

DNA Genotek's Omnigene Gut kit worked just as well as freezing for stabilizing fecal microbiome samples, but at room temperature, according to a new study.

The device, the ORAcollectDx, is an alternative to buccal swabs and provides higher DNA yields, according to the firm.

The kit enables a patient to self-collect high-quality microbial DNA from stool for gut microbiome profiling for use in clinical laboratory and research-use settings.

Fluidigm has been awarded US Patent No. 8,473,216, "Method and program for performing baseline correction of amplification curves in a PCR experiment."
Gang Sun, Ramesh Ramakrishnan, and Robert Jones are named as inventors.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The stock of Quest Diagnostics this week was downgraded by Zacks Equity Research to Underperform.

CLC Bio and BioQL have launched MedQL Variant Prioritizer, a plugin for the CLC Genomics Workbench. It connects with MedQL's online database to prioritize variants in gene regions based on their degree of association with a phenotype.

Roche has launched new software for its 454 GS FLX+ sequencing system. The new software package, v2.8, improves long-read shotgun sequencing performance by increasing average and modal read lengths.

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Using DNA to sketch crime victims might not be a great idea, the NYTimes says.

Science has its own problem with sexual harassment. What do we do with the research these abusers produce, Wired asks.

Senate Republicans led by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) are trying to change how the government funds basic research, reports ScienceInsider.

In Science this week: combining genomics and ecology to better understand the effects of natural selection on evolution, and more.