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Germany's Atlas Biolabs is now a certified service provider for Roche NimbleGen's SeqCap EZ enrichment to prepare genomic DNA for sequencing.

Atlas Biolabs will now be able to offer enrichment services using both Roche's SeqCap EZ Exome kit, as well as its recently launched SeqCap EZ Choice Libraries for enrichment of custom regions of interest in a single test tube. According to the company, the new technology is ideal for targeting disease-associated regions of the genome.

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has released version 52 of COSMIC, the Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer. The new version includes the curation of four new genes and 16 new fusion pairs, and updates from the International Cancer Genome Consortium and the Cancer Genome Atlas. It also integrates data from the Genomics of Drug Sensitivity in Cancer, a collaborative project between the Sanger Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital. Additionally, 21 new genes have been added to the Cancer Gene Census.

The Scan

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.