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New Products: Fasteris' HiSeq 2500 Services; dbSNP

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Fasteris is now offering sequencing services on Illumina's HiSeq 2500. Fasteris, an Illumina Certified Service Provider, also offers services on the HiSeq 2000 and MiSeq.

The company said that it will sell 10 percent of a HiSeq lane running 1x50, 1x100, or 2x100 to generate 500-750 megabases, 1-1.5 gigabases, or 2-3 gigabases of data at a cost of $410, $570, or $980, respectively.


The University of California, Santa Cruz, has released four Genome Browser tracks derived from build 137 of dbSNP, which contain additional annotation data not included in previous dbSNP tracks.

One track contains all mappings of reference SNPs to the human assembly, labeled "All SNPs (137)." The other three tracks are subsets of this and include: Common SNPs (137), uniquely mapped variants that appear in at least 1 percent of the population; Flagged SNPs (137), uniquely mapped variants excluding common SNPs; and Mult. SNPs (137), variants that have been mapped to more than one genomic location.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.