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New Products: IDT's NGS Panels; CeGaT's Skin Disease Test; Syapse Software

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Integrated DNA Technologies has launched two next-gen sequencing-based disease panels.

The xGen Inherited Disease Panel was designed in collaboration with Emory Genetics Laboratory and targets all the exons of genes in the Human Gene Mutation Database. The xGen Pan-Cancer Panel is based on the findings of the Cancer Genome Atlas and targets coding regions in 127 genes implicated in 12 tumor types.

Both panels feature xGen Lockdown Probes, which are 120-mer oligonucleotides with a 5' biotin modification.


The Center for Genomics and Transcriptomics has launched 11 next-gen sequencing panels for the diagnosis of hereditary skin diseases. Sequencing is performed on Illumina's HiSeq 2500 and potentially pathogenic variants are validated with capillary sequencing. The panels range in size from 7 genes to 55 genes and can be ordered individually or in combination.


Syapse plans to make third-party commercial omics interpretation providers' content available to hospitals and laboratories through the Syapse platform to enable clinical interpretation, reporting, and decision support. It will also make public and open databases like ClinVar, COSMIC, PhenoDB, and OMIM accessible through its platform.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.