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New Products: Roche's GS GType Primer Sets; Illumina's MyGenome; NextBio's NextBio Clinical

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Roche has launched its GS GType RUNX1 and GS GType TET2/CBL/KRAS Primer Sets to analyze variations in genes associated with developmental defects, disease progression, and residual disease in a variety of leukemias and myeloid malignancies. The assays were codeveloped with researchers at the MLL Munich Leukemia Laboratory and are designed to be run on Roche's 454 GS FLX and GS Junior systems.


Illumina has launched, MyGenome, an Apple iPad application available for download from the Apple store for 99 cents. The application enables customers to view a demo genome and view reports about important genetic variations.

Illumina plans to eventually launch a version that will allow customers to download information about their own genome when it is sequenced within Illumina's physician-mediated sequencing service (see story, this issue).


NextBio has launched NextBio Clinical, an informatics platform for aggregating and correlating terabyte-scale collections of private and public cross-platform data, data from cell lines, and clinical data from individual patients and population studies.

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.