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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.

Promega has launched the Maxwell CSC instrument and integrated reagent kits for blood DNA and formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded DNA.

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The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.