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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.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Circulomics announced today that it has received a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop its Nanobind DNA and RNA isolation technology for formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international team of researchers has pieced together the mitochondrial genome of a Middle Pleistocene cave bear from very small DNA fragments.

While many in the cytogenetics world are concerned with array findings of unclear clinical significance, and how to communicate that information back to patients, a recent review conducted within Cleveland Clinic Laboratories found that it was the lab's sample preparation method

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has made available for licensing a DNA extraction and isolation method that its inventors claim is more efficient, sensitive, and selective than current commercial DNA extraction kits.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DNA Genotek and BioServe Biotechnologies announced today their participation in a genomic study into craniofacial anomalies in Ethiopia.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Biocartis today announced it is developing a workflow for extracting, amplifying, and detecting tumor DNA on its diagnostic platforms in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Philips Research.

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In PLOS this week: Mycobacterium abscessus linked to gastric conditions, placental gene expression changes associated with preterm birth, and more.

The Guardian reports that UK universities are looking into ways to reduce labs' reliance on single-use plastics.

People with certain gene variants tend to not like vegetables, particularly bitter ones, CNN reports.

MIT's Technology Review reports on a company's genetic test that gauges an embryo's susceptibility to certain diseases.