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 United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.