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Beckman Coulter, Cartesian Gridspeed, GenomeQuest, University of California, Santa Cruz, Biomatters

Beckman Coulter has launched the GenomeLab Human STR Primer Set for its CEQ series and GenomeLab GeXP genetic analysis systems. The primer set is used to determine the purity and quality of DNA for sample tracking and contamination monitoring in applications such as clinical trials, tissue culture facilities, and core labs. 
The set comes in a vial containing 12 primer pairs to amplify 11 STR loci and one gender-determining locus. Each vial contains reagents for 48 reactions.

Cartesian Gridspeed of Auckland, New Zealand, has launched its SLIM Search software in the US market. According to the company, SLIM Search is able to perform genomic alignments up to 10,000 times faster than the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s Blast.

GenomeQuest has launched GenomeQuest 4.0, an updated version of its platform for genetic sequence data search and analysis. The new version allows customers to add in-house sequence data and annotations. The release includes a new application programming interface and includes Web 2.0 technology such as RSS feeds, tags, mashups, plug-ins, and widgets.

The Genome Bioinformatics Group at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has released a Genome Browser and Blat server for the Medaka v.1 draft assembly (Oct. 2005, UCSC version oryLat1). This assembly has been sequenced to 6.7X coverage and contains approximately 724 million base pairs on 24 chromosomes. In addition, 7,299 scaffolds comprised of nearly 36,500 contigs of unplaced sequence are shown on the virtual chromosome "chrUn".

Biomatters has launched Geneious Pro 3.0, a software package for searching, organizing, visualizing, and analyzing genomic information. The software has a worldwide user base of over 50,000 downloads from more than 30 countries, the company said.

The Scan

Study Points to Tuberculosis Protection by Gaucher Disease Mutation

A mutation linked to Gaucher disease in the Ashkenazi Jewish population appears to boost Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance in a zebrafish model of the lysosomal storage condition, a new PNAS study finds.

SpliceVault Portal Provides Look at RNA Splicing Changes Linked to Genetic Variants

The portal, described in Nature Genetics, houses variant-related messenger RNA splicing insights drawn from RNA sequencing data in nearly 335,700 samples — a set known as the 300K-RNA resource.

Automated Sequencing Pipeline Appears to Allow Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Lineage Detection in Nevada Study

Researchers in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describe and assess a Clear Labs Dx automated workflow, sequencing, and bioinformatic analysis method for quickly identifying SARS-CoV-2 lineages.

UK Team Presents Genetic, Epigenetic Sequencing Method

Using enzymatic DNA preparation steps, researchers in Nature Biotechnology develop a strategy for sequencing DNA, along with 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, on existing sequencers.