DNA shearing

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Pressure BioSciences said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission today that Cole-Parmer has signed an agreement to distribute the firm's PBI Shredder SG3 System on a non-exclusive basis.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies will supply Covaris's DNA fragmenting system with its Ion PGM and Ion Proton sequencers, Woburn, Mass.-based Covaris said after the close of the market Wednesday.

Under the deal, BGI will use Covaris' LE220 instrument and consumables as part of its library construction process for next-generation sequencing at several of its laboratories.

The firms will offer a combination of their sample prep technologies for next-generation sequencing workflows.

The firms will co-market Illumina's sequencing instruments with Covaris' sample prep technology.

The agreement covers Agilent's target enrichment and Covaris' DNA shearing technology.

Under the agreement, Agilent will market Covaris' S2 DNA shearing system for use with its SureSelect Target Enrichment System, a solution-based DNA selection method for high-throughput sequencing.

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies have offered to test families separated at the southern US border, but that raises ethical issues.

CNBC reports that confirming a positive result from 23andMe's BRCA health report can be expensive.

The New York Times reports on a project to develop a tree DNA database to uncover illegal logging.

In PLOS this week: links between gut microbiome and colorectal cancer mutations, targeted sequencing uncovers genetic susceptibilities to epilepsy in Koreans, and more.