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Nonacus ExomeCG Exome Capture Kit

Nonacus of Birmingham, UK, has launched ExomeCG, a "clinically enhanced" exome capture kit that is designed to enable whole-exome sequencing and targeted copy number analysis in a single assay. According to the company's website, the kit provides CNV detection at loci known to have both gene- and exon-level rearrangements, which enables researchers to replace array- and MLPA-based CNV analyses. Codeveloped with bioinformatics firm Congenica, ExomeCG can be used in combination with that company's clinical decision support platform to interpret next-generation sequencing data for clinical decision making, Nonacus said.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.