Dante Labs Whole GenomeZ
Dante Labs has launched a whole-genome sequencing methodology called Whole GenomeZ. Whole GenomeZ provides 130X coverage to the entire exome and 30X coverage to the rest of the genome. The test costs $999 or €849, which is below the standard cost of whole-genome sequencing at most facilities, the firm said.
Medical and Biological Laboratories MEBRIGHT NUDT15 Kit
Medical and Biological Laboratories of Japan has launched the MEBRIGHT NUDT15 kit for detecting genetic polymorphisms in the NUDT15 (Nudix Hydrolase 15) gene, which can predict serious side effects of thiopurine drugs.
Thiopurine drugs are often prescribed to patients with inflammatory bowel disease, leukemia, rheumatic disease, or after an organ transplant, but clinical studies have shown that the drugs can induce adverse effects such as severe leukopenia and alopecia universalis within about eight weeks. A strong correlation has also been demonstrated between the development of serious adverse effects of thiopurine drugs and polymorphism in NUDT15, particularly among East Asians, Medical and Biological Laboratories said.
Using real-time PCR, the kit detects polymorphisms at codon 139 of NUDT15 in DNA from a patient's blood. The kit requires a processing time of two hours and simultaneously measures multiple samples, the firm said. The kit, which was jointly developed with Tohoku University, was approved as an in vitro diagnostic test by Japan's Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Agency in April.
New England BioLabs NEBNext Direct Custom Ready Panels
New England Biolabs has launched the NEBNext Direct Custom Ready Panels, which allow users to design customized panels from a library of pre-synthesized baits for about 850 genes associated with a number of human diseases. The panels use the NEBNext Direct target enrichment technology, which hybridizes genomic DNA with biotinylated probes and converts the captured molecules into sequence-ready libraries. A unique molecular identifier tag is added to each DNA molecule prior to the final PCR amplification step. New England Biolabs said it will periodically update the panels to add new genes to the list and will update content corresponding to changes in gene definition and coordinates.
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