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Signature Genomic Labs Granted ISO Certification

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Signature Genomic Laboratories has received certification from the International Standards Organization for its clinical lab services and products, the company said today.

The ISO 9001:2008 certification specifically applies to the lab services and design and production of the Genoglyphix research-use-only products, including software, microarrays, and labeled DNA probes.

The Spokane, Wash.-based company performs diagnostic genetic testing of chromosome abnormalities in patients with unexplained mental retardation and birth defects.

"With this certification, our customers can be confident that Signature Genomics has an internationally recognized quality management system that is focused on meeting or exceeding their needs in a timely manner and continually improving all facets of our business," Richard Lloyd, quality manager of Signature Genomic Laboratories, said in a statement.

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.