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Epicentre Biotechnologies, SAS

Epicentre Biotechnologies has released its Catch-All swabs for DNA sample collection, which are made of porous foam and include a self-contained cylindrical storage package to enable greater retention of DNA samples compared to traditional buccal swabs, the company said. 

SAS has released JMP Genomics 3.0, a desktop software package that includes new capabilities for predictive modeling and whole-genome SNP analysis. JMP Genomics 3.0 allows users to perform principal components analysis on large SNP data sets in order to visually identify sample groupings, the company said. The software also supports whole-genome association studies for at least 4,000 samples with up to 1 million SNPs each, and also offers SNP-SNP and SNP-trait interaction discovery capabilities.
The software also includes links to the University of California, Santa Cruz, Genome Browser in order to display JMP Genomics statistical results in a genomic context.

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.