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Rubicon Genomics has launched PicoPlex NGS, a sample-prep kit for single-cell sequencing on the Illumina platforms (see story, this issue). The kit is based on a technology called thermal cycle library formation, which allows researchers to create multiple copies of a library from one template strand, according to the company. The kits cost $2,000 each and include reagents for 10 reactions. Library preparation will take less than three hours, according to the company.


Source BioScience has opened a new facility in Berlin, from which it will offer a DNA sequencing service. The new facility adds to the Nottingham, UK-based company's existing operations in London, Cambridge, and Oxford, and Dublin.

Source BioScience has also launched the SpeedRead DNA sequencing service, an automated delivery system that provides results within three hours of sample receipt, according to the company.

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.