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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

Study Follows Consequences of Early Confirmatory Trials for Accelerated Approval Indications

Time to traditional approval or withdrawal was shorter when confirmatory trials started prior to accelerated approval, though overall regulatory outcomes remained similar, a JAMA study finds.

Sequencing Study Leads to Vaccine Target in Bacteria Behind Neonatal Meningitis

Researchers eBioMedicine track down potential vaccine targets with transposon sequencing on mutant bacteria causing neonatal meningitis in mouse models of the disease.

Multiple Myeloma Progression Influenced by Immune Microenvironment Expression

Researchers in NPJ Genomic Medicine compare RNA sequencing profiles of 102,207 individual cells in bone marrow samples from 18 individuals with rapid or non-progressing multiple myeloma.

Self-Reported Hearing Loss in Older Adults Begins Very Early in Life, Study Says

A JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery study says polygenic risk scores associated with hearing loss in older adults is also associated with hearing decline in younger groups.