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Name: Andrew Brooks
Title: Chief operating officer, RUCDR Infinite Biologics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – WaferGen Biosystems reported that its fourth-quarter revenues increased more than 700 percent year over year as sales of its PCR products grew.

WaferGen Biosystems said this week that the Salk Institute for Biological Studies has established a nano-qPCR core laboratory that will feature a WaferGen SmartChip system for high-throughput, real-time PCR studies.

WaferGen Biosystems said this week that it has inked a co-marketing agreement with Qiagen KK, Qiagen's Japanese subsidiary, to jointly promote WaferGen's SmartChip Real-Time PCR system and consumable chips with Qiagen's PCR assays and, eventually, sequencing products.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — WaferGen Biosystems and Qiagen KK, the Japanese subsidiary of Qiagen, said today that they have inked a co-marketing agreement for genomics products.

WaferGen Biosystems and collaborators in the laboratory of Jo Vandesompele at the University of Ghent have developed a PCR-based target enrichment workflow using WaferGen's SmartChip real-time PCR system, the company said this week.

Quest Diagnostics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,346,485, "Methods and apparatuses for estimating initial target nucleic acid concentration in a sample by modeling background signal and cycle-dependent amplification efficiency of a polymerase chain reaction."

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Invivoscribe Technologies today said it has licensed a patent from Takara Bio for detecting internal tandem duplication mutations in the FLT3 gene.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Takara Bio said Monday that it has signed an agreement to offer Pathogenica's HAI BioDetection Kit in Japan as part of its sequencing services.

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The US Department of Justice has proposed a rule change to enable DNA to be collected from migrants, the Associated Press reports.

Bernard Fisher, a surgeon who changed how breast cancer is treated, has died at 101, the New York Times reports.

Washington Post columnist writes that she is skeptical about DNA-based diets.

In PNAS this week: recurrent inactivation of DEPDC5 in gastrointestinal stromal tumors, taxonomic reliability of GenBank sequences, and more.