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New Products: Ion AmpliSeq Transcriptome; Maverix Biomics' Software Update; More


Thermo Fisher has launched the Ion AmpliSeq Transcriptome Solution for the Ion Proton. The kit targets known RefSeq genes, enables an input RNA of 10 ng and is compatible with formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue, according to the company. The Ion Torrent Suite software is used to generate differential expression profiles for an initial primary analysis, after which users can export data into their existing downstream software application. The company recommends running eight samples per PI chip.

Maverix Biomics has launched its latest release to the Maverix Analytic Platform, which includes mRNA-seq 2.4, Small RNA-seq 1.7 and Exosome RNA-seq 1.7 The new versions will automatically be loaded into current customers' accounts, but previous versions will also remain available.

Multiplicom has launched MID for the Ion PGM system. The kit contains eight specific MID primer mixes, including reagents for universal PCR and reagents for GeneScan labeling. The kit is designed to be used in combination with Mulitplicom's MASTR assays. It is currently available for research use only.

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Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.