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3dbiosurfaces, Stratec Consumables 3D NS-NC slide

3dbiosurfaces and Stratec Consumables have launched the 3D NS-NC slide, a microarray substrate based on 3dbiosurfaces' technology. Stratec Consumables is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stratec. The slide offers increased signal intensity, more uniform spots, and other benefits over other microarray substrates, the firms said in a statement, adding it is especially attractive for protein applications as the surfaces allow proteins to maintain their shape and function.

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Breast Cancer Risk Related to Pathogenic BRCA1 Mutation May Be Modified by Repeats

Several variable number tandem repeats appear to impact breast cancer risk and age at diagnosis in almost 350 individuals carrying a risky Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1 founder mutation.

Study Explores Animated Digital Message Approach to Communicate Genetic Test Results to Family Members

In the Journal of Genetic Counseling, the approach showed promise in participants presented with a hypothetical scenario related to a familial hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome diagnosis.

Computational Tool Predicts Mammalian Messenger RNA Degradation Rates

A tool called Saluki, trained with mouse and human messenger RNA data, appears to improve mRNA half-life predictions by taking RNA and genetic features into account, a Genome Biology paper reports.

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.