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Fluidigm has released the Access Array, an integrated fluidic circuit designed to support high-throughput resequencing, targeted enrichment, sample barcoding, and library preparation for sequencing using amplicon tagging.

The Access Array enables users to harvest the sample out of the chip. After the sample processing is completed, the chip returns the sample to the inlets where they can be extracted and placed into a quantitation step for sequencing. Fluidigm said that the array can process 48 samples against 48 primer pairs to provide 2,304 independent reactions at a time.

Fluidigm has launched an early-access program for the Access Arrays. Researchers can submit proposals describing how the new chip will help their sample preparation efforts, and the company will provide free sample prep for 10 of them. Information about the program is available here.


DNA Genotek has launched the Oragene Animal kit for collecting DNA saliva samples from animals. The kit is primarily focused on DNA collection from mid-sized animals such as canines, the company said.

The company said that the non-invasive kit enables painless collection of DNA from saliva, which offers time and cost savings over traditional DNA sample collection methods, such as blood.

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.