DNA identification

The companies will incorporate PerkinElmer's LabChip GX Touch nucleic acid analyzer in the upfront workflow of Agena's MassArray system.

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.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.