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Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH Licenses Biomax’s BioRS Integration System
 
Biomax Informatics, a developer of customized bioinformatics solutions, has licensed its BioRS Integration and Retrieval system to Boehringer Ingelheim. Boehringer Ingelheim plans to use the BioRS system to integrate data on a platform that provides unified access to public and proprietary data sources in its global pharmaceutical R&D environment.
 
The BioRS Integration and Retrieval System is designed to retrieve biological data from multiple public and proprietary databases simultaneously using web interfaces, according to the company. Flat-file and relational databases such as Oracle and MySQL, the company said, can be integrated into the system via a web or command-line interface and standardized data formats based on Extensible Markup Language (XML).
 

 
Invitrogen Launches New STEMPRO EZChek to Simplify Cell Monitoring
 
Invitrogen, which offers tools for stem cells research and various life sciences production and diagnostics, has launched a new kit for researchers to monitor the state of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). The STEMPRO EZChek Multiplex PCR Kit allows scientists to monitor hESCs with one reaction.
 
The STEMPRO EZChek Kit allows for the analysis of four early differentiation markers using a sample and a single-tube reaction.
 

 
Compendia Bioscience Receives $2.4M SBIR Award
 
Compendia Bioscience has received a $2.4 million SBIR Fast Track Award from the National Cancer Institute to support a project entitled, “Development of Oncomine Professional as a Platform for Biopharmaceutical Research and Development”.
 
“We are thrilled with this award from the NCI and are looking forward to executing the project, which we expect will lead to increased applicability of Oncomine Professional to drug discovery and development.” said company founder and CEO Dan Rhodes, in a statement.
 

Compendia was founded in 2006 to extend Oncomine to the commercial sector.

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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.

TB Resistance Insights Gleaned From Genome Sequence, Antimicrobial Response Assays

Researchers in PLOS Biology explore M. tuberculosis resistance with a combination of sequencing and assays looking at the minimum inhibitory concentrations of 13 drugs.

Mendelian Disease Genes Prioritized Using Tissue-Specific Expression Clues

Mendelian gene candidates could be flagged for further functional analyses based on tissue-specific transcriptome and proteome profiles, a new Journal of Human Genetics paper says.

Single-Cell Sequencing Points to Embryo Mosaicism

Mosaicism may affect preimplantation genetic tests for aneuploidy, a single-cell sequencing-based analysis of almost three dozen embryos in PLOS Genetics finds.