KBioscience

LGC Genomics said last week that it has expanded its nucleic acid extraction services to North America through the group's genomics laboratory in Beverly, Mass.
The new extraction service will complement existing capacity in Berlin and London, LGC said.

LGC Genomics, a division of the UK-based LGC Group that provides DNA and genetic analysis services, recently expanded its genotyping facilities to keep up with its sequencing-based SNP discovery services.

KBioscience develops genotyping assays using a fluorescence-based competitive allele-specific PCR technique that it calls KASP.

LGC Buys KBioscience

LGC's Genomics division and KBioscience will be combined to offer genomic services and solutions.

Many more plant and animal-themed SNP chips are expected to become available soon for organisms as diverse as wheat, horse, avocado, and catfish.

Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.