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Dec 03, 2019

SiO2 Materials Synergy Tube

SiO2 Materials Science has launched its Synergy Tube, a blood collection tube designed to optimize nucleic acid recovery and cancer tumor cells (CTCs) after blood draw. The firm said that researchers can extract cfDNA/cfRNA and cellular gDNA/RNA from the same tube, allowing users to pair results from the same sample. 

Nov 27, 2019

Devyser HBOC Kit for Hereditary Breast, Ovarian Cancer Testing

Swedish genetic test developer Devyser has launched the HBOC kit for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer testing. The kit is based on Devyser's proprietary next-generation sequencing library prep technology, and provides targeted sequencing of 12 genes in which mutations are associated with an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. The company said that the workflow takes less than 45 minutes. The HBOC kit is part of Devyser's NGS Oncology suite, complementing the company's BRCA kit that enables simultaneous screening of mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The new kit is available in the EU and through Devyser distributors in several countries in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, China, South America, and Africa. Customers in countries in which Devyser does not have distributors currently (e.g. the US and Canada) can self-import the assay, a company spokesperson said.

Nov 26, 2019

10x Genomics Visium Spatial Gene Expression Solution

10x Genomics has launched its Visium Spatial Gene Expression solution. The assay provides researchers the ability to map where gene activity is occurring in a tissue specimen, with whole-transcriptome analysis of up to hundreds of thousands of cells on a tissue section.

Visium builds on earlier products from Spatial Transcriptomics, which 10x acquired in 2018, offering five times more spots within a capture area while reducing the time it takes from three days to one day.

Visium also includes turn-key software and requires access to an optical microscope.

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Nobel laureates and scientific societies urge NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services to revisit the recent decision to end funding for a coronavirus grant.

Bloomberg reports that BGI's SARS-CoV-2 testing sites in the Middle East have raised concerns among US officials.

A new Pew Research Center poll finds confidence in medical researchers has grown among US adults since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Science this week: machine learning algorithm for faster Mendelian disorder diagnoses, gene linked to safe response to nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates, and more.