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Aug 06, 2020

GeneDx GenomeXpress

GeneDx, a subsidiary of BioReference Laboratories/Opko Health, has launched GenomeXpress, a rapid genome sequencing test. GenomeXpress includes both protein-coding and non-coding regions of the genome including promoter, intronic, and untranslated regions, enabling the detection of characterized/pathogenic variants in regions that are not assessed by exome sequencing. The company delivers a written report for all confirmed variants in known disease-causing genes to the ordering healthcare provider within approximately seven days after testing. It also provides a written report for all confirmed variants within approximately 14 days after the start of testing. 

Aug 04, 2020

Horizon Discovery Single Cell RNAseq-Linked CRISPR Screening Service

Horizon Discovery has added single cell RNAseq-linked pooled CRISPR screening to its CRISPR screening services portfolio. Coupling pooled CRISPR screening to single cell RNAseq allows the impact of CRISPR-based gene modification to be examined on a global transcriptomic scale at single cell resolution. The platform offers high-quality screening data and biological insight to address gaps in target identification and validation by integrating the effect of gene editing with complex gene expression mapping, the company said. 

Aug 04, 2020

Adaptive Biotechnologies ImmunoSeq T-Map COVID Service

Adaptive Biotechnologies has launched the immunoSeq T-Map COVID, a proprietary research product and data-analysis service to measure the T cell immune response to vaccines in development and track the persistence of that response over time.

The product leverages data from more than 1,000 patients to provide researchers with a quantitative map of T cell receptors and SARS-CoV-2 antigens that elicit an immune response. These data will be available through Adaptive's cloud-based immunoSeq Analyzer and is powered by ImmuneCode, an open database developed in partnership with Microsoft.

Aug 03, 2020

Cytek Biosciences cFluor Reagents

Flow cytometry firm Cytek Biosciences announced the launch cFluor reagents, short for "Cytek Fluorochrome," that are validated on the firm's Aurora and Northern Lights full spectrum cell analysis systems. The first batch of reagents includes cFluor YG584, cFluor B548, and cFluor R710 and allows users to reveal more from the full spectrum panel with a new option excitable by the yellow-green, blue, and red lasers respectively. Other dyes are coming soon, the firm said. 

Aug 03, 2020

Personalis NeXT Liquid Biopsy

Personalis has launched NeXT Liquid Biopsy, an exome-scale blood-based tumor-profiling assay for advanced-stage solid tumor cancer patients. According to the company, the test monitors over 20 times more genes than most targeted liquid biopsy panels on the market. Personalis believes its more comprehensive option can help biopharmaceutical companies advance their understanding of tumor biology, including resistance mechanisms, to aid in the development of next-generation cancer therapies. 
Jul 31, 2020

Myriad Genetics Amplify for Fetal Cell-Free DNA Sequencing

Myriad Genetics has launched Amplify, which sequences the fetal cell-free DNA fragments circulating in a mother's blood and increases the fetal fraction in a sample for non-invasive prenatal screening. The company is hoping that the technology will improve the performance of its Prequel NIPS test. The analytical validation of Amplify involved samples from more than 1,000 women and showed that the fetal fraction was 2.3 times greater on average compared to standard NIPS. The improvement reduces false positive and false negative results, including for common aneuploidies, expanded aneuploidies, microdeletions, and a baby's sex, Myriad noted. The company also said that the technology will reduce the number of sampels that fail to produce a result due to low fetal fraction and deliver results to 99.9 percent of patients. 

Jul 30, 2020

Diagenode, Alithea Genomics Mercurius Bulk RNA Sequencing Services

Diagenode, a firm providing epigenomics services and library prep products, has announced a new bulk 3' mRNA sequencing service, developed in collaboration with Alithea Genomics.

The service incorporates Alithea's Mercurius barcoding for high-throughput transcriptomics and can be scaled for large study cohorts.

Jul 29, 2020

HTG Molecular Diagnostics HTG EdgeSeq Pan B-Cell Lymphoma Panel

HTG Molecular Diagnostics has launched its HTG EdgeSeq Pan B-Cell Lymphoma Panel, which the firm said is designed to provide molecular characteriation of aggressive, indolent, and rare lymphomas. The research-use-only panel enables investigators to measure the expression of about 300 genes linked to the lymphoma transcriptome. The panel is available in kit form or as a service at HTG's VERI/O laboratory. 

Jul 28, 2020

Twist Bioscience RUO SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Panels

Twist Bioscience is offering two new SARS-CoV-2 antibody panels for research use only.

The Twist anti-SARS-CoV-2 S1 antibody panel includes 32s human antibodies that bind with picomolar to nanomolar affinity to the S1 spike protein of the virus that causes COVID-19. The Human anti-ACE2 panel includes 48 antibodies that bind to the extracellular domain of the ACE2 receptor on human cells, the protein that facilitates entry of the coronavirus into cells.

All antibodies are cloned into human antibody backbones to generate VHH Fc, IgG1, or IgG2 antibodies. Individual antibodies within the panel can be licensed for further therapeutic or diagnostic development.

Jul 22, 2020

Twist Bioscience Synthetic Controls for Respiratory Viruses

Twist Bioscience has added 16 new synthetic controls for common respiratory viruses with symptoms similar to COVID-19, including influenza H1N1, influenza H32N, influenza B, rhinovirus, enterovirus, and several human coronaviruses including a prevalent mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 (D614G.)

Applications for the products include environmental testing, assay development and verification, and diagnostic test validation.

Twist's controls are designed based on specific viral variants, cover the full viral genomes and are sequence-verified. Controls for alternative viral variants are available as custom products. The firm said RNA synthetic controls should be delivered within two weeks of ordering.

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