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In Brief This Week: Life Technologies; SG Biofuels; Ambry Genetics; Wheat Genome; Gen-Probe; AnaSpec

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies and SG Biofuels announced together they have completed sequencing the Jatropha curcas genome to 100-fold coverage, using Life Tech's SOLiD 4 platform. The sequence will be used go generate a high quality Japtropha reference genome, which will be compared to SG Biofuels' germplasm library of more than 6,000 Jatropha genotypes, in order to identify molecular markers and trait genes "to accelerate development of elite cultivars with vastly superior yields and profitability," Life Tech said in a statement.


Ambry Genetics has purchased Illumina's HiSeq 2000 sequencing platform and received the first 510(k) approved Illumina BeadXpress system for genotyping. In a statement, Ambry said the HiSeq will allow it to run large projects for its customers at lower costs and faster turn-around time.


UK researchers released the first sequence coverage of the wheat genome. The sequences comprise five read-throughs of a reference variety of wheat, and gives access to 95 percent of all wheat germs.


Gen-Probe said that its Prodesse ProFast+ assay has received its CE Mark, allowing the test to be sold in Europe. The assay received FDA clearance in July. The test simultaneously detects and differentiates three common influenza A viruses — seasonal A/H1, season A/H3, and 2009 H1N1.


Interprise Brasil will has entered a non-exclusive worldwide collaboration to distribute AnaSpec's catalog and custom products in Brazil. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.