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IntegenX's forthcoming RapidHit 200 human identification system will include Promega's nucleic acid purification and short tandem repeat amplification reagents.

By integrating the STR reagents into the RapidHit System, human DNA profiles can be generated that are compatible with local, national, and international database systems, the companies said.

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Qiagen launches Multiplex PCR Plus kit; Promega PowerPlex 18D gets NDIS approval; Genetic ID launches Fast ID 96-well extraction kit.

The firm's PowerPlex 18D system has received approval for use by labs generating DNA records for the National DNA Index System.

The deal calls for ATCC to produce and authenticate cell banks and production lots of engineered and stock cell lines for use as cellular reagents as Promega creates a line of new cell-based assay systems for biologics.

Forensics experts said that the DNA testing that helped identify Osama Bin Laden — most likely Y-linked short tandem repeat PCR amplification and analysis — could easily have been performed in a short amount of time and remote location using standard products from companies such as Life Technologies.

IP Roundup: May 3, 2011

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SRU Biosystems, Promega, New York University

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Akonni's TruTip genomic DNA extraction kit; Promega's ReliaPrep Blood and Tissue gDNA miniprep systems.

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Waters, Agilent, Dualsystems Biotech, Promega, MS Bioworks, Sigma Life Science

The firms have teamed to offer sample processing, analysis, and consulting for proteomics research.

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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.