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Epicentre Biotechnologies has launched the ScriptSeq mRNA-seq library preparation kit, which is compatible with Illumina sequencing platforms. The kits uses a terminal-tagging technology that simplifies strand-specific tagging and preparing directional mRNA-seq libraries from as little as 50 nanograms of rRNA-depleted or poly(A)-RNA. According to the company, adaptor-tagged libraries can be produced in about three hours, and the protocol involves no end-repair, adaptor ligations, cDNA shearing, or gel electrophoresis.

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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.