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CoreBiome BoosterShot and StrainView Metagenomics Services

CoreBiome has launched services for shotgun metagenomics and strain sequencing for $99. The services enable species and gene profiling for the human microbiome and deep characterization of microbial isolate libraries, according to the company.

The shotgun sequencing service, BoosterShot, has a turnaround time of three weeks from sample receipt to online report and sequences to a depth of 2 million reads per sample. In addition, it has launched StrainView for whole-genome shotgun sequencing of up to thousands of isolated bacterial genomes.

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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.