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Bio-Rad: Nov 21, 2007

Bio-Rad Laboratories launched the ProteoMiner protein enrichment kits for detection of low-and medium-abundance proteins this week. The introductory kit contains columns and reagents. The sequential elution kit is also available for use on the SELDI platform.

The company this week also launched its product guide explaining microfluidic separation technology and its application by Bio-Rad’s Experion automated electrophoresis system. The guide can be obtained at a Bio-Rad sales office or downloaded here.

The Scan

Study Finds Sorghum Genetic Loci Influencing Composition, Function of Human Gut Microbes

Focusing on microbes found in the human gut microbiome, researchers in Nature Communications identified 10 sorghum loci that appear to influence the microbial taxa or microbial metabolite features.

Treatment Costs May Not Coincide With R&D Investment, Study Suggests

Researchers in JAMA Network Open did not find an association between ultimate treatment costs and investments in a drug when they analyzed available data on 60 approved drugs.

Sleep-Related Variants Show Low Penetrance in Large Population Analysis

A limited number of variants had documented sleep effects in an investigation in PLOS Genetics of 10 genes with reported sleep ties in nearly 192,000 participants in four population studies.

Researchers Develop Polygenic Risk Scores for Dozens of Disease-Related Exposures

With genetic data from two large population cohorts and summary statistics from prior genome-wide association studies, researchers came up with 27 exposure polygenic risk scores in the American Journal of Human Genetics.