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Horizon HDx FFPE RNA Fusion Reference Standards

Horizon Discovery Group has launched its HDx FFPE RNA Fusion reference standards. These standards are highly-characterized, biologically relevant, and quality independent analytical controls for the optimization and validation of targeted RNA-seq, endpoint RT-PCR, or RT-qPCR assays, the company said. Each section contains a formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded cell line multiplex verified to contain EML4-ALK (Variant 1), CCDC6-RET, and SLC34A2-ROS1 fusions  all important clinical markers for non-small cell lung cancer.

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Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.