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New Products: Ambry's MiSeq Services; New Cufflinks Release; Ion Torrent Datasets


Ambry Genetics is now offering sequencing services on Illumina's MiSeq instrument. It offers both single- and paired-end sequencing with 50-base pair or 100-base pair reads, as well as indexing and barcoding.

Cufflinks version 1.3.0 is now available here. The new release improves the accuracy of Cuffdiff's isoform switching tests and fixes several bugs to Cuffmerge and Cufflinks' pre-assembly alignment filters.

Ion Torrent has released its next round of benchmark data for the Life Grand Challenges competition, which will award $1 million to participants that beat company metrics by two-fold in any one of three categories: accuracy, sample preparation, and base yield.

The latest dataset from the sequencing of an Escherichia coli strain, available here, was generated with the 318 chip. The company generated 1.27 gigabases of data, achieving an average read length of 241 base pairs and Q20 reads as long as 318 base pairs. To win, participants must generate 2.54 megabases of data, reduce sample prep time from six hours to four hours, or increase accuracy rate from 99 percent to 99.5 percent. The 318 chip must be used.

The Scan

International Team Proposes Checklist for Returning Genomic Research Results

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics present a checklist to guide the return of genomic research results to study participants.

Study Presents New Insights Into How Cancer Cells Overcome Telomere Shortening

Researchers report in Nucleic Acids Research that ATRX-deficient cancer cells have increased activity of the alternative lengthening of telomeres pathway.

Researchers Link Telomere Length With Alzheimer's Disease

Within UK Biobank participants, longer leukocyte telomere length is associated with a reduced risk of dementia, according to a new study in PLOS One.

Nucleotide Base Detected on Near-Earth Asteroid

Among other intriguing compounds, researchers find the nucleotide uracil, a component of RNA sequences, in samples collected from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, as they report in Nature Communications.