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Asuragen Quantidex Pan Cancer Kit

Asuragen has launched the Quantidex Pan Cancer Kit, a next-generation sequencing oncology panel of 21 genes relevant to a diverse set of human cancers. The kit integrates reagents, controls, and a novel bioinformatics suite and is optimized to interrogate difficult sample types such as formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded and fine-needle aspiration tissues, Asuragen said. More specifically, the kit contains reagents for pre-analytical DNA QC, sample quantification, multiplex PCR enrichment, dual-index barcoding, and library purification and quantification, the company said. The product is currently for research use only, Asuragen noted.

The Scan

Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.