Rice University Torus Biosystems Eyes Near-Patient Syndromic Infectious Disease Tests With 30-Minute Turnaround Premium The Harvard University spinout uses a combination of proprietary probes, nanoarrays, and convection PCR to target a broad set of molecular biomarkers. Improved Cytosine Base Editing Tech Eliminates Problem of Undesired Bystander Mutations The percentage of perfectly modified alleles using the new base editor is more than 6,000-fold for disease correction compared with the current BE4max editor. NuProbe Licenses Two Oligonucleotide Technologies from Rice University The technologies, called non-extensible oligonucleotides and linear DNA assembly, may help the sample prep firm improve existing products. Bacterial Classification Could Be Compromised as RefSeq Database Grows Premium A new analysis pointed to a rise in over-generalized or incorrect bacterial identification by k-mer lowest common ancestor methods as the database has grown. Rice U Team Debuts Modular Probe Method to Detect Hypervariable, Long, or Repetitive DNA Sequences Premium Researchers used the approach to develop an assay to detect above-threshold triplet repeats in Huntington's disease, but also highlight a variety of other applications. Sep 28, 2016 Universal Microbial Diagnostics Approach Using Random DNA Probes Promises Rapid Pathogen ID Premium Apr 13, 2016 Rice U Scientist Lands NIH Grant to Attack PCR Primer-Dimer Problem, Develop POC Instrument Premium Jan 26, 2016 Catalyst-Based Thermodynamics Method Could Enable Improvements in DNA Oligo Design Premium Jun 17, 2015 Genotyping-by-Sequencing Study Uncovers Evolutionary Event in a Common Apple Tree Pest Jun 1, 2015 Rice University Spinout Searna Seeks to Optimize Hybridization Specificity Premium Nov 18, 2014 Rice U Team Shows Feasibility of Body Heat-activated Isothermal Amplification for Low-resource MDx Premium Sep 10, 2014 Rice Bioinformaticians to Use $1.1M NSF Grant for Cloud-based Evolutionary Genomics Tools Nov 15, 2013 Texas Universities Get $1.3M to Pursue Cancer Omics Data Sorting, Analysis Method Aug 26, 2013 Rice, MD Anderson Win $1.3M to Investigate Protein Networks Dec 19, 2012 A Trio of New Animal Genomes Serves as Source of Information on Ancestral Bilaterians Aug 14, 2012 Rice Wins $1M to Study Gene Transcription Delay Processes Aug 7, 2012 Texas Cancer Centers Get Millions in New CPRIT Grants Apr 3, 2012 Rice University, MD Anderson Land $20M to Create Pre-commercialization Center Sep 12, 2011 NSF Awards $2M to U. of Washington, Rice U. for Synthetic Bio Research into Stem Cells Jun 24, 2010 Texas Institutions Win $6M Grant for Chip-Based Cancer Diagnostics Program Sep 22, 2009 Rice University Team to Study Bacterial Drug Resistance Evolution Apr 7, 2009 Patents Premium Breaking News Lander, Collins Offer Vision for Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health LetsGetChecked Partners With California Department of Public Health for COVID-19 Sequencing BTIG Initiates Coverage of Berkeley Lights With Buy Rating Quest Diagnostics to Offer Biocept's Target Selector NGS Lung Cancer Test Novacyt 2020 Revenues Surge on Strong Demand for SARS-CoV-2 Testing Products Leidos Wins CDC Bioinformatics Contract Worth up to $13M The Scan Could Cost Billions NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars. Not Quite Sent The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post. DTC Regulation Proposals A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports. PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.