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Blueprint Genetics Mitochondrial Genome Analysis

Feb 25, 2020

Blueprint Genetics, a Quest Diagnostics company, has introduced full mitochondrial genome DNA (mtDNA) analysis to its diagnostic panels to increase diagnostic potential across medical specialties such as cardiology, metabolic disease, neurology, ophthalmology, and hearing loss. The analysis uses hybridization-based capture of mtDNA and next-generation sequencing to detect low heteroplasmy levels of mtDNA SNVs, indels, and deletions. It includes sequencing and copy number variant analysis of the entire mitochondrial genome (37 genes) which can be ordered alone or added to any panel. It has also been added to 30 existing panels where mitochondrial DNA testing is expected to have an impact on the diagnostic potential.

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Synthego Eclipse Platform

Synthego has launched Eclipse, a CRISPR-based high-throughput cell engineering platform. The automated platform is cell-type agnostic, optimizes transfection, and provides end-to-end data tracking software. Applications include disease modeling, drug target identification and validation, and cell therapy manufacturing.

Apr 07, 2021

Qiagen QiaSeq Direct SARS-CoV-2 Kit

Qiagen has launched the QiaSeq Direct SARS-CoV-2 Kit, a viral genome enrichment and library preparation product that the company said significantly reduces library turnaround times and plastics use compared with ARTIC project protocols (primer-based approaches for next-generation sequencing that are considered the gold standard for SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing). QiaSeq Direct SARS-CoV-2 supports sample multiplexing with up to 768 Dual Molecular Indices, unique markets tagged to molecules in a sample to eliminate downstream analysis errors. Starting from extracted viral RNA, the library prep workflow can be as little as four hours, Qiagen said. In addition, plastics usage can be reduced by as much as 50 percent. Qiagen said the new kit is supported by Qiagen's Digital Insights CoV-2 Insights Service, a cloud-based solution tailored to viral genome analysis, characterization, and reporting.

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Bio-Techne Cultrex UltiMatrix Reduced Growth Factor Basement Membrane Extract

Bio-Techne has launched the Cultrex UltiMatrix Reduced Growth Factor Basement Membrane Extract (UltiMatrix RGF BME), an extracellular matrix hydrogel for culturing organoids and pluripotent stem cells. UltiMatrix RGF BME is a dependable, high-concentration cell scaffolding matrix with compositional and physical properties specifically designed for generating advanced 2D and 3D cell culture models. It features increased total protein content, optimized extracellular matrix protein composition, high levels of entactin, and improved tensile strength while reducing the dependency on supplemental growth factors, Bio-Techne said.

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Hardy Diagnostics Autof MS 1000 MALDI-TOF Instrument

Hardy Diagnostics, in collaboration with Autobio, has launched the Autof MS 1000 matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionized time of flight (MALDI-TOF) instrument. The Autof MS 1000 provides high-speed identification and taxonomical classification of bacteria, yeasts, and filamentous fungi based on proteomic fingerprinting, with a database of approximately 5,000 species of microorganisms. The instrument is currently for research use only and will be available in markets that do not require US Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance, Hardy said.

Apr 01, 2021

MatMaCorp MY Real-Time Analyzer

Lincoln, Nebraska-based Materials and Machines Corporation, also known as MatMaCorp, has launched a rapid handheld molecular testing instrument called MY Real-Time Analyzer, or MYRTA, that performs PCR amplification or isothermal amplification and simultaneous real-time fluorescence detection. The device weighs less than one pound, can be held in one hand during operation, and can detect DNA or RNA targets within one hour, according to MatMaCorp. MYRTA can also process one sample with up to three different tests, and provides near quantitative information, including a Ct value.

Apr 01, 2021

10x Genomics Chromium Single-Cell Gene Expression Low Throughput Kit

10x Genomics has launched a new kit for low-throughput single-cell gene expression analysis on its Chromium platform.

The kit profiles gene expression for 100 to 1,000 single cells, lowering startup costs for experiments and enabling optimization of experimental conditions and sample prep for single-cell experiments. It works with demonstrated protocols for diverse sample types, including cell lines, primary cells, and dissociated tissue.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific KingFisher Apex Purification System

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched the Thermo Scientific KingFisher Apex Purification System, a high-throughput sample purification instrument for automated extraction of DNA, RNA, proteins, and cells from various sample types. The instrument is easy to use, saves time, and returns consistent results, the company said.

The KingFisher Apex enables nucleic acid, protein, and cell isolation while allowing users to customize protocols directly from the instrument to provide flexible, reproducible, and fast sample preparation without additional expense or complexity. It automates much of the work associated with the preparation of high-quality nucleic acids and proteins, can process 24 to 96 samples in 25 to 65 minutes, and elutes in volumes as low as 10 µL. 

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MilliporeSigma CRISPRi Whole-Genome Libraries and Pools

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The libraries are fully customizable, contain the top five guide RNAs (gRNAs) and a subpool of five additional gRNAs per gene for a total of 10 gRNAs targeting every gene. They have defined subpanels to target specific gene groups including the druggable genome, cancer and apoptosis, membrane proteins, stress and proteostasis genes, and others. And the system includes 10x Genomics-compatibility for downstream single cell analysis, the firm said.

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Tempus NGS SARS-CoV-2 Assay

Tempus has launched an amplicon-based, high-throughput next-generation sequencing assay for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations. The research-use-only assay includes primers designed to detect mutations and to characterize SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

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Horizon Discovery, a PerkinElmer company, has launched a new family of CRISPR modulation reagents for CRISPR interference, enabling researchers a better understanding of the biological pathways, processes, and pathologies of disease by repressing genes at the transcription level, and leading to new therapies.

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Seven Bridges has introduced Graf Population Solution, a collection of workflows, services, and graph references that faciliate large-scale population genomics studies. The product, which supplements the company's existing Graf Germline Variant Detection workflow and Pan-Genome Reference offerings, features a next-generation sequencing analysis pipeline and graph references for five major racial groups to provide more diverse and accurate read alignment and variant discovery than is available with standard Eurocentric reference genomes.

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Biocartis Idylla GeneFusion Assay

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