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Roche has been awarded US Patent No. 8,071,338, "Suppression of amplification using an oligonucleotide and a polymerase significantly lacking 5'-to-3' nuclease activity."
Nicolas Newton is named as the inventor on the patent.

NuGen and Ion Torrent have released the NuGen Encore NGS Library Systems for the Ion Torrent PGM.

Bio-Rad has introduced the CFX Connect real-time PCR detection system.
The CFX Connect system offers the same performance as the CFX96 Touch real-time PCR system, but requires a computer for operation, Bio-Rad said.

By Ben Butkus
This article has been updated from a previous version to include comments from NuGen's CEO.

NuGen and Advanced Liquid Logic will co-develop automated sample prep technology for next-generation sequencing, the companies said today.

Enigma Diagnostics and GlaxoSmithKline said today that they have signed a supply and commercialization agreement for molecular diagnostic tests for use on Engima's fully automated, sample-to-answer real-time PCR system, breathing new life into a partnership begun in 2009.

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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.