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BLOCker sequencing

Transgenomics' CEO said these first forays into next-gen sequencing don't represent a shift in the company's strategy, which has so far been focused on Sanger sequencing and PCR technologies for molecular diagnostics.

A Transgenomic official said the company has signed deals "for a number of significant high-value projects" with pharmaceutical firms, which promise to "swell the [segment to] $1.5 million or more in the second quarter, plus [bring in] significant revenues throughout the remainder of the year."

The new method, called BLOCker sequencing, uses blocking oligos to increase the sensitivity of Sanger sequencing for specific mutations, for example in tumors or viral populations.

Researchers have developed a robotic lab assistant, the Verge reports.

CBC News reports Canada's Supreme Court is to rule on the constitutionality of the country's genetic non-discrimination law today.

The Associated Press reports the World Health Organization is sending experts to China to investigate the animal source of SARS-CoV-2.

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