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SoftGenetics has added a paired-read mapper to its NextGene next-generation sequence analysis software. According to the company, the new alignment algorithm significantly reduces false positive rates of mapping short-read paired-end and mate-pair sequences from the Applied Biosystems SOLiD, Illumina Genome Analyzer, and Roche/454 GS FLX, by pairing the reads prior to mapping them.


Epicentre has launched QuickExtract, a new bacterial DNA extraction kit for gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. The kit, which includes Ready-Lyse lysozyme, can be used to isolate DNA for PCR, restriction digests, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, and optical mapping.

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Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.