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An Australian duo has developed a pre-PCR technique to improve results in forensic DNA analysis.

Sigma Life Science, a division of Sigma-Aldrich, has released Onyx Quencher, a proprietary quencher designed to improve signal quality in quantitative real-time PCR assays.

Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 8,597,938, "System for providing control reactions for real time RT-PCR ."
Jingping Yang and Li Shen are named as inventors.

There is growing interest among forensics researchers in expanding the use of molecular technologies, such as arrays and next-generation sequencing, to advance the field. But there are challenges, as forensics, particularly in its application to criminal cases, has been slow to adopt new technologies.

Promega has been awarded US Patent No. 8,519,119, "Methods of purifying a nucleic acid formulation and kit for use in performing such methods."
Rex Bitner is named as inventor.

Lumora and Promega said this week that they have signed an agreement for the use of Promega's Ultra-Glo luciferase in Lumora's bioluminescent assay in real time, or BART, molecular diagnostics technology.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – UK molecular diagnostics firm Lumora today announced a supply agreement with Promega for use of its luciferase in Lumora's Bioluminescent Assay in Real-Time, or BART, technology.

As the protease most commonly used to digest proteins into peptides for mass spec analysis, trypsin is a key part of most proteomic workflows, with the performance of the enzyme potentially affecting a variety experimental outcomes including sequence coverage and reproducibility.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In advance of a planned launch next year, NEC recently announced the completion of a field trial for its DNA platform for forensics applications.

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At a meeting this week, researchers and others discussed the regulatory oversight needed for germline genome editing.

The US Food and Drug Administration has asked questions about Myriad Genetics' GeneSight test, according to Bloomberg.

Researchers report that neutrophil extracellular traps appear to binds gallstones together, according to New Scientist.

In Science this week: approach to infer genotype-by-environment interaction from genetic variants associated with phenotypic variability, and more.