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Promega and Applied Biosystems

Promega has released the Maxwell 16 System, a DNA-purification system that can run up to 16 samples simultaneously in about 30 minutes. The system supports DNA-based tests performed by clinical labs, including sample preparation for human transplantation donor-matching tests done in HLA labs, the company said.
The system is optimized for DNA purification of up to 400 microliters of blood or 500 microliters of buffy coat and is manufactured under a system certified to ISO13485:2003, the global medical device quality management standard.

Applied Biosystems has released Variant Reporter, a software application that the company claims speeds analysis of genetic variation data. The software reduces manual review time by automating the detection of genetic variants and streamlining the data-analysis process, ABI said. The company said that it expects the software to reduce by up to half the time needed to study genetic variation data in medical sequencing projects.

The Scan

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In dozens of domestic dogs listening to wolf vocalizations, researchers in Communication Biology see responses varying with age, sex, reproductive status, and a breed's evolutionary distance from wolves.

Facial Imaging-Based Genetic Diagnoses Appears to Get Boost With Three-Dimensional Approach

With data for more than 1,900 individuals affected by a range of genetic conditions, researchers compared facial phenotype-based diagnoses informed by 2D or 3D images in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

Survey Suggests Multigene Cancer Panel VUS Reporting May Vary Across Genetic Counselors

Investigators surveyed dozens of genetic counselors working in clinical or laboratory settings, uncovering attitudes around VUS reporting after multigene cancer panel testing in the Journal of Genetic Counseling.

Study Points to Tuberculosis Protection by Gaucher Disease Mutation

A mutation linked to Gaucher disease in the Ashkenazi Jewish population appears to boost Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance in a zebrafish model of the lysosomal storage condition, a new PNAS study finds.