microdroplets

The company said it will use the proceeds for, among other things, the continued development of its microdroplet-based single-molecule DNA sequencing technology.

Microfluidics firm Dolomite said this week that it has licensed microdroplet generation technology from the Japan Science and Technology Agency.

SUNY researchers are developing a droplet microfluidics device to extract mRNA from single cells, creating cDNA libraries in individual droplets for gene expression analysis.

RainDance also announced the commercial launch of the first product resulting from the collaboration: consumable chips for use on RainDance's RDT 1000 instrument for sequence enrichment and targeted sequencing applications.

The firm will use the funds to support development and commercialization efforts for new applications including single-molecule digital PCR and single-cell analysis.

The company claims that compared to other targeted sequence-enrichment methods, its approach leads to more uniform coverage, or less enrichment bias. RainDance said it plans to offer up to 4,000 amplifications in a single tube later 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.