Scientific Terms: STR analysis Verogen Inks Collaboration Agreement With Center for Forensic Science Research & Education CFSRE recently validated Verogen's NGS-based forensics platform and will develop implementation and training materials for law enforcement. Rapid DNA Act Signed Into Law The law broadens the ability of law enforcement agencies to use rapid DNA sequencing technology and upload resulting data into a federal database. Startup TwinStrand Biosciences Aims to Commercialize Duplex Sequencing Technology Premium The Seattle-based firm plans to partner with pharma and biotech to use its duplex sequencing technology in applications such as oncology and forensics. Stanford Team Develops Targeted STR Sequencing Approach That Harnesses CRISPR-Cas9 Premium The researchers plan to commercialize the method, which they said can have applications in both forensics and oncology. SmallPond to Provide Profile Matching Software for Bermuda's National DNA Database SmallPond is part of a broader collaboration to provide services to the Bermuda police department and to establish a national database of DNA profiles. May 17, 2016 Thermo Fisher Launches Sequencing Panels for Forensics to Complement PCR, CE Offerings Premium Dec 7, 2015 In Genome-Wide Analysis, Researchers Link Short Tandem Repeats to Gene Expression Variations Sep 3, 2015 IntegenX Launches Next-Generation Rapid Forensic DNA Platform Premium Jul 21, 2015 Q&A: Timothy Kupferschmid of the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner on New Forensic DNA Techs Premium Jun 3, 2015 Q&A: Peter Vallone of NIST Talks Trends in Rapid PCR for Forensics Premium Jan 21, 2015 Illumina Launches MiSeq FGx for Forensic Applications Premium Sep 14, 2012 Court Overturns $52M Damage Award in Promega, Life Tech Case Sep 13, 2012 University of Arizona Group Seeks Partners to Move Forensic Lab-on-a-Chip to Market Premium Dec 15, 2011 IntegenX Nets $40M Financing to Accelerate Commercialization of DNA ID Platform Premium May 5, 2011 Bin Laden DNA ID Would be Fast and Easy Using 'Standard' PCR Tech, Experts Say Premium Breaking News GenomeWeb Index Falls 6 Percent in November as Emergence of Omicron Spooks Markets Sequencing-Based MRD Detection in Bone Marrow May Predict ALL Relapse After CAR T-Cell Therapy Metabolomic Study Links 13 Metabolites to Coronary Heart Disease Risk Among African Americans Illumina Wins $8M Jury Verdict in BGI Patent Infringement Suit, Loses Patent Caris Life Sciences Facing FTC Lawsuit After Resisting Subpoena in Illumina, Grail Antitrust Case Biodesix, Spesana Partner to Improve Workflows for Lung Cancer Molecular Diagnostic Tests The Scan Panel Votes for COVID-19 Pill A US Food and Drug Administration panel has voted to support the emergency use authorization of an antiviral pill for COVID-19 from Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, CNN says. But Not Harm New Scientist reports that UK bioethicists say that though gene editing may improve food production, it should not harm livestock welfare. Effectiveness Drop Anticipated Moderna's Stéphane Bancel predicts that that current SARS-CoV-2 vaccines may be less effective against the Omicron variant, the Financial Times reports. Cell Studies of Human Chromatin Accessibility, SARS-CoV-2 Variants, Cell Signaling Networks In Cell this week: chromatin accessibility maps of adult human tissues, modeling to track SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, and more.