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New Products: Bio-Rad's ddPCR Kit; Genalice's Map

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Bio-Rad has launched a ddPCR library quantification kit for Illumina's TruSeq sample preparation protocols. The kit runs on Bio-Rad's QX100 Droplet Digital PCR system and allows researchers to directly measure amplifiable library concentrations. The kit also reduces PCR bias and maximizes the number of usable reads, according to the company.


Genalice is planning to launch Genalice Map, software for processing raw sequence data. According to the company, the software aligns data faster than existing methods at 70 million bases per second, and requires 100 times less storage space.

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UK Team Presents Genetic, Epigenetic Sequencing Method

Using enzymatic DNA preparation steps, researchers in Nature Biotechnology develop a strategy for sequencing DNA, along with 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, on existing sequencers.

DNA Biobank Developed for French Kidney Donors, Recipients

The KiT-GENIE biobank described in the European Journal of Human Genetics contains DNA samples, genotyping profiles, immune patterns, and clinical features for thousands of kidney donors or transplant recipients in Nantes, France.

Cardiometabolic Disease May Have Distinct Associations With Microbial Metabolites in Blood, Gut

By analyzing gut microbes in combination with related metabolites in feces and blood, researchers in Nature Communications found distinct cardiometabolic disease relationships at each site.

Study Reveals New Details About Genetics of Major Cause of Female Infertility

Researchers in Nature Medicine conducted a whole-exome sequencing study of mote than a thousand patients with premature ovarian insufficiency.