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NuGen's products will be used for an initiative that the Framingham Heart Study launched last year called the Systems Approach to Biomarker Research in Cardiovascular Disease, or SABRe CVD.

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Princeton University, Point-2-Point Genomics, PHRI at UMDNJ/NJMS, and NuGen Technologies awarded US patents.

The method the two companies developed integrates PhyNexus' PhyTip columns with Tecan's Freedom Evo liquid handling platform.

The certification will make it easier for customers to develop diagnostic tests incorporating NuGen's sample prep products. Meantime, Takara will distribute NuGen's next-gen sequencing, microarray, qPCR, and sample prep products in Japan, South Korea, and China.

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As part of the deal, Takara has rights to offer services using NuGen products in Japan, South Korea, and China.

When most people think of the array market, they might think of the whole-genome genotyping chips sold by firms like Affymetrix and Illumina. But for providers of array slides, printers, and scanners, the market increasingly is in protein chips, and business is good.

The companies have integrated the Freedom EVO and Octet instruments.

The alliance may help partner companies Agilent, Fluidigm, NuGen, and RainDance Technologies grab a piece of the sequencing market share that Pacific Biosciences is expected to secure when it launches its third-generation sequencer later this year.

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A letter criticizing actions by the US government and research institutions toward Chinese and Chinese-American scientists has garnered more than a hundred signatories.

NPR reports that researchers in New York are investigating whether it is possible to edit the genomes of human sperm.

In an opinion piece at the Nation, Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher argues that everyone should be able to access prenatal genetic testing.

In Nature this week: ancient DNA uncovers presence of Mediterranean migrants at a Himalayan lake, and more.