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Macrogen's MyPetgene Genetic Testing

Macrogen has launched MyPetgene, a customized genetic testing service that provides information on rare genetic disorders that may occur in various species of animals, individual DNA identification, and breed and gender verification. The tests analyze the genes of various companion animals such as dogs, horses, birds, and cats, and provides information that can predict and help manage potential genetic disorders in advance, the company said. Once customers receive the kit, they must return it with buccal epithelial cells, blood, hairs, bone fraction, and other samples. Once the tests are completed, the results are available on the MyPetgene website within three days.

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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.