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Up until now, Agencourt's main focus has been on DNA sequencing and sample prep. Cogenics, which has facilities in four countries, also provides genotyping, gene-expression analysis, biological efficacy and safety testing, and a biobanking facility.

The technology that Transgenomic has licensed is a variation of standard PCR technology that enriches mutations in samples where normal DNA predominates.

The company plans to move ahead with assay development projects for diagnosing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and for detecting KRAS mutations in colorectal, lung, and pancreatic cancer.

Clinical Data will use the funds to support late-stage development of two of its drugs.

The firm said it only has enough cash to fund its operations through March, and it is evaluating a number of options including the sale of non-core assets or another financing.

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GenomeWeb reports that Veritas Genetics is suspending its US operations.

A Brazilian-led team of researchers reports it has generated a sugarcane genome assembly that encompasses more than 99 percent of its genome.

Certain plasma proteins could be used to gauge a person's age and whether they are aging well, according to HealthDay News.

In Science this week: approach to measure microRNA targeting efficiency, strategy to conduct high-throughput chemical screens at single-cell resolution, and more.