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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

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.