DNA capture

Roche said the layoffs at its Madison, Wisconsin site will start Dec. 31 and continue through June 30, 2020.

Researchers demonstrated the feasibility of finding multiple myeloma mutations with a new circulating tumor DNA sequencing method known as LB-Seq. 

The new platform will be a stripped-down version of the firm's Geniom RT Analyzer, lacking a camera. It will cost under $100,000 and initially be launched for use with the Applied Biosystems SOLiD platform.

The deal is part of a strategic co-marketing agreement between Febit and Life Technologies, under which Febit has become a member of Life Tech's service provider programs for SOLiD and TaqMan.

The method, called primer extension capture, or PEC, is especially suited for capturing short DNA fragments in order to sequence a few small genomic regions in large numbers of individuals. Originally developed to analyze areas of interest in the Neandertal nuclear genome, it might also be useful for other types of targeted sequencing applications.

Sometimes genetic tests give inconclusive results and provide little reassurance to patients, the Associated Press reports.

Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.

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With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.