DNA extraction

The VGP released its first 15 high-quality reference genome assemblies today, which are part of the project's first phase to sequence 260 vertebrate genomes.

Of the six kits, the team found that Qiagen and Norgen's spin column tools recovered the highest amount of DNA across a range of base pair lengths.

The system is for high-throughput testing in central labs and the firm plans additional assays for infectious and sexually transmitted diseases.

Working with Case Western Reserve University, the firm will sequence fecal samples from individuals diagnosed with autism and provide results for free to the research community.  


The company has been working for several years under NIH grants totaling more than $7 million and is now preparing for its first formal product launch.

Despite the initial high cost, the firm believes the assay's improved accuracy and sensitivity will sway clinical and payor interest.

Two researchers devised a protocol to sequence DNA from ancient samples and tested it on 100-year-old museum specimens.

At a user meeting in London this week, Chief Technology Officer Clive Brown introduced the SmidgIon and a number of other technology developments, as well as a new synthetic biology spinoff.

The company is now offering a test covering about 3,000 hotspots in 50 genes for 10 cancer types that can be performed on sample volumes as low as 50 microliters.

The UCSF spinout was founded last year and has been selling an FFPE DNA extraction kit and three NGS cancer panels.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.