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Helicos BioSciences has introduced a series of new sequencing kits and run configurations for its Helicos Genetic Analysis System that expand the instrument's versatility. Customers can now choose to use either one or two flow cells, and between one and 50 channels on them. They can also adjust the number of DNA strands imaged and select from run times between two-and-a-half and eight days. The new kits and configurations require no hardware changes, Helicos said.


COSMIC, the Catalog of Somatic Mutations in Cancer, version 45 is now available here. The new edition contains data from a full-genome resequencing study and a genome-wide rearrangement screen that were recently published by researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, as well as five new cancer genes have been curated from the literature. In addition, version 45 contains a new biomart that allows for more specialized data selection, and the website has been updated with several new features.

The Scan

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.

Study Highlights Pitfall of Large Gene Panels in Clinical Genomic Analysis

An analysis in Genetics in Medicine finds that as gene panels get larger, there is an increased chance of uncovering benign candidate variants.

Single-Cell Atlas of Drosophila Embryogenesis

A new paper in Science presents a single-cell atlas of fruit fly embryonic development over time.

Phage Cocktail Holds Promise for IBD

Researchers uncovered a combination phage therapy that targets Klebsiella pneumonia strains among individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease flare ups, as they report in Cell.