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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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GenomeWeb reports that Veritas Genetics is suspending its US operations.

A Brazilian-led team of researchers reports it has generated a sugarcane genome assembly that encompasses more than 99 percent of its genome.

Certain plasma proteins could be used to gauge a person's age and whether they are aging well, according to HealthDay News.

In Science this week: approach to measure microRNA targeting efficiency, strategy to conduct high-throughput chemical screens at single-cell resolution, and more.