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New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Biocartis, Synthego, Sophia Genetics

Biocartis Idylla ctEGFR Mutation Assay

Biocartis has globally launched its Idylla ctEGFR Mutation Assay. The firm noted that the research-use-only tool is the liquid biopsy version of its solid biopsy Idylla EGFR Mutation Test. Running on the Idylla platform, the assay allows users to detect 49 EGFR mutations directly from 2 ml of blood plasma and provides resutls within 160 minutes, Biocartis said.


Synthego High-Throughput Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Genome Engineering Service

Synthego has launched a genome engineering service for induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. The new offering expands on Synthego's automated cell editing technology to achieve high editing efficiency of iPS cells at an industrial scale. Synthego said its cell-editing platform makes editing, cloning, and maintaining high pluripotency in clinically relevant iPS cells easier, with editing rates as high as 90 percent prior to cloning and 100 percent in clones. The new offering of iPS cells includes modifications by gene knockout, single-nucleotide variation, protein tagging, and other knock-ins.


Sophia Genetics Whole Exome Solution

Sophia Genetics has released a new version of Sophia Whole Exome Solution, which the company said reduces turnaround time for analysis of whole-exome sequences. The updated Sophia WES now features detection of copy-number variations at a resolution of two to five exons without the need for a reference sample. The product also supports analysis of variants in familial trios to filter variants based on different inheritance modes.


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The Scan

University of Michigan President Fired

Mark Schlissel, the president of the University of Michigan, has been fired after an investigation into allegations he had an affair with a subordinate, the Washington Post reports.

Recommendation to Drop Charges

The Wall Street Journal says federal prosecutors recommended charges against MIT's Gang Chen, who was caught up by the China Initiative, be dropped.

Mix 'Em Together

The Guardian reports Moderna is planning to have a combination SARS-CoV-2, influenza, and RSV vaccine by the 2023 flu season.

PNAS Papers on Earth BioGenome Project, SETX Knockouts, Pig Model of Cystic Fibrosis

In PNAS this week: Earth BioGenome Project reports progress, analysis of cells missing the progressive neurodegenerative disease-linked SETX gene, and more.