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Sanger Buys an Illumina Genotyping System

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has bought one of Illumina’s SNP-genotyping labs. The British center will use the gargantuan system for large genotyping projects, including the International HapMap project, Illumina said Feb. 18.

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is the second node of the International HapMap project to purchase an Illumina genotyping system. Genome Quebec, which is conducting genotyping for Genome Canada’s portion of the HapMap, purchased a system Jan. 9.

The system costs between $1.5 million and $2 million and comprises Sherlock scanning equipment, Golden Gate assay protocols, LIMS and analytical software, fluid-handling robotics, and access to Sentrix array matrices and reagent supply. When installed, the lab will be able to crank out one million genotypes per day.


Bacterial BarCodes Pockets $6M Financing

Houston, Texas, startup Bacterial BarCodes has secured $6 million in additional funding in its Series C financing round, the company said last week. Techxas Ventures led the financing.

Bacterial BarCodes is commercializing technology for microbial strain typing and identification systems.


And the Winner of Best Narcissistic Grant is ...

Applied Biosystems will award $250,000 worth of its own SNP-genotyping products to the winner of a grant program it organized, the Applera unit said Feb. 13.

Proposals from individuals, institutions, and companies involved in SNP genotyping are welcome. The winner will be chosen by a panel comprising ABI officials and others, and will be able to choose from ABI’s SNP product line. Apply here: http://www.allsnps.com.

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US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.