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New Products: Eastern Biotech's Trigene; UK NHS's Cancer Test; COSMIC

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Eastern Biotech in Dubai is now offering BGI Health's non-invasive sequencing-based prenatal test for Down syndrome under the name Trigene. The test, which BGI calls NIFTY for noninvasive fetal trisomy, is based on a shotgun sequencing strategy.


The UK's National Health Service has launched a 46-gene cancer panel developed by the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Currently, the test is being run out of the Oxford Biomedical Research Center's Molecular Diagnostics Center, but will eventually be offered broadly within the NHS. The £300 ($453) test is based on Life Technologies' Ion AmpliSeq Cancer panel and runs on the Ion Torrent PGM. It was developed under the UK's Stratified Medicine Program, through a tumor profiling initiative funded by the Technology Strategy Board. The test was initially made available at the beginning of the year through the University of Oxford (CSN 1/2/2013).


The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has released version 64 of COSMIC, the Catalog of Somatic Mutations in Cancer. The latest release includes the full curation of gene fusions CIC-DUX4 and ACTB-GLI1 in solid tumors. It has also added 12 whole-genome sequencing publications, bringing the total number of whole-genome sequencing samples to 5,023.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.