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New Products: Enzymatics' SPARK Sample Prep Kits; DNAnexus' Developer Program


Enzymatics has launched SPARK sample prep kits for Illumina and Life Technologies' Ion Torrent sequencing platforms. The kits incorporate Enzymatics' proprietary room temperature stable library technology and reduce reagent pipetting by 30 percent, according to the company.

DNAnexus has launched its Developer Program, which allows researchers to collaborate and analyze genomic data in a web-based environment. The platform currently includes apps for alignment, annotation, debugging, RNA-seq, and variation calling. Additionally, users can generate their own apps on the platform. SPAdes, a single-cell assembler developed by researchers from St. Petersburg Academic University and Pavel Pevzner, a professor of computer science at the University of California, San Diego, is the first such app.

The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.