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Asuragen AmplideX PCR/CE HTT Kit

Asuragen said today that it has launched its AmplideX PCR/CE HTT kit. The tool detects CAG trinucleotide repeats within the HTT gene, which are linked to the development of Huntington disease. According to the firm, the kit offers a streamlined, single-well PCR workflow that allows researchers to detect and size expansions with greater than 200 CAG repeats in about six hours. The kit provides all necessary reagents to size the expansion using 10 ng of DNA isolated from whole blood samples. The assay also addresses sample zygosity and preserves the CAG repeat profile in the presence of adjacent SNPs. The assay runs on Thermo Fisher Scientific Applied Biosystems Genetic Analyzers, including the 3130, 3500, and 3700 platforms.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.