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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.

Product Watch: Jul 19, 2011

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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

Product Watch: Jan 20, 2011

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

New Products: Dec 3, 2010

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

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The US National Institutes of Health's All of Us project awarded $4.6 million to the company Color to develop a genetic counseling resource for the program.

The Times of India reports on a pilot study that used genomic testing to determine whether patients had drug-resistant tuberculosis.

New guidelines say that more women may benefit from genetic testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In Cell this week: small proteins identified among human microbiome, role for tumor microbes in pancreatic cancer survival, and more.