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Genome Quebec, Paradigm, EGeen International, Prediction Sciences, Genaissance


Genome Quebec First to Buy Illumina’s Genotyping Goliath

Genome Quebec has bought one of Illumina’s nameless SNP-genotyping systems, the company said Jan. 9.

The massive unit, which will be located at the newly opened Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, will help the Canadian center contribute data to the International HapMap Project as well as research at Genome Quebec, Genome Canada, McGill University, and other academic centers in the country.

The product costs between $1.5 million and $2 million and comprises Sherlock scanning equipment, GoldenGate assay protocols, LIMS and analytical software, fluid-handling robotics, and access to Sentrix array matrices and reagent supply. [See accompanying story, this page.]


Paradigm offloads peripatetic ParaGen to Canadian Crop Shop

Canadian crop-science company DNA LandMarks has signed a letter of intent to buy Paradigm Genetics’ plant-genotyping unit ParaGen, Paradigm said Jan. 10.

Founded by Celera, ParaGen was initially known as AgGen. In December 2001, Celera passed the business off to Paradigm Genetics in a deal worth around $2.1 million.

Former Paradigm CEO John Ryals said at the time the acquisition would arm Paradigm with a full range of ag-genomics services. Less than one year later, though, the company announced plans to sell the unit as part of cost-cutting efforts. The deal is expected to close mid-February.


EGeen, Prediction Sciences Pen Pharmacogenetics Pact

EGeen International and Prediction Sciences will collaborate to study the pharmacogenetics of the antidepressant Paxil, the companies said Jan. 13.

EGeen will provide the clinical data while Prediction Sciences will supply bioinformatics expertise to determine the genetic basis of patient response to the drug.

Earlier this year, the firms penned a similar deal to study the pharmacogenetics of Celexa, another depression treatment.


Genaissance Licenses HAP Platform to Millennium

Genaissance has licensed its HAP platform to Millennium Pharmaceuticals, the company said Jan. 7.

The agreement is a non-exclusive, multi-year agreement under which Genaissance will receive license fees from Millennium.

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The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.