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Navigenics last week launched Annual Insight, a direct-to-consumer genetic testing service available for $499 that provides information on an individual’s genetic predisposition for common preventable health conditions.

Annual Insight analyzes an individual’s genetic predisposition for ten common health conditions, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and heart disease. The service will be available to consumers through participating healthcare providers or directly from Navigenics’ website with genetic counselor support.

Navigenics last week also launched Physician Portal, a resource that enables physicians to receive and review patients' genetic results online, with access to condition information, action steps, and original scientific research. Access to the physician portal is free to physicians who register their practice, the company said.

Navigenics uses Affymetrix SNP arrays in its service.


ImaGenes last week began offering global DNA methylation analysis as a service in its Berlin labs. The service provides genome-wide analysis of DNA methylation profiles for the identification of genetic markers, the company said.

ImaGenes methylation analysis service makes use of Diagenode’s MagMeDIP Kit, a labeling system using 5-methyl cytidine antibodies coated on magnetic beads. ImaGenes offers profiling on the Affymetrix, Illumina, Agilent Technologies, and Roche NimbleGen microarray platforms.


Ocimum Biosolutions last week launched version 4.1 of its Biotracker R&D Life Science Laboratory Information Management System.

The version 4.1 release enables users to access Biotracker via a web-services-based API, as well as a Java-based API. Biotracker 4.1 also includes over 100 core enhancements that improve searching, reporting, auditing, processing, and usability, Ocimum said.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

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.