DNA identification

The International Commission on Missing Persons and Qiagen have launched a next-generation sequencing workflow for missing persons DNA identification.

The country's health minister said the research could help detect plant pests and mislabeled seafood, among other benefits.

Laboratory Corporation of America has acquired forensics and DNA identification services firm Bode Technology Group.

IntegenX said today that it has secured $40 million in Series C financing to accelerate development of its product pipeline and commercialization of its RapidHit 200 Human Identification System in the US and international markets.

IntegenX's forthcoming RapidHit 200 human identification system will include Promega's nucleic acid purification and short tandem repeat amplification reagents.

The company also named UK-based Key Forensics Services as the first partner under the program and noted that its system, called the RapidHit 200, recently underwent successful operational testing at a two-week emerging technology event held by the US Department of Defense.

Forensics experts said that the DNA testing that helped identify Osama Bin Laden — most likely Y-linked short tandem repeat PCR amplification and analysis — could easily have been performed in a short amount of time and remote location using standard products from companies such as Life Technologies.

The platform, called RapI.D., is the first iteration of the microfluidic-based DNA testing platform ZyGem took on when it acquired MicroLab Diagnostics earlier this year.

A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.