RNA extraction German Nucleic Acid Sample Prep Startup Rides COVID-19 Testing, Automation Waves Premium The company's nucleic acid extraction kits have offered labs relief from COVID-19-related shortages of traditional silica-based bind-wash-elute assays. TNG Dx, Premier Medical Laboratories Partner to Develop RNA Extraction Protocol for COVID-19 Tests The collaboration is part of a public health surveillance initiative with the US Department of Health and Human Services and eTrueNorth. Ceres Nanosciences Nabs $243K SBIR Grant to Adapt RNA Capture Tech for Portable Sequencing The firm's Nanotrap virus particles provide an alternative to RNA extraction kits and could help improve detection for respiratory viruses, including SARS-CoV-2. AMP SARS-CoV-2 Molecular Dx Survey Shows Supply Chain Issues Hampered Ramp Up of Testing More than 70 percent of labs surveyed experienced supply chain interruptions, forcing them to validate three or more diagnostic testing methods. Addressing Coronavirus Testing Bottleneck, Scientists Turn to RNA-Extraction-Free PCR Several labs and at least one company have been working on assays that add samples directly to the PCR reaction and don't require RNA extraction, a time-consuming step. Apr 1, 2020 Zymo Research, Tecan Partner to Automate Viral Nucleic Acid Extraction Mar 17, 2020 Fulgent Genetics, MedScan Laboratory Partner to Offer NGS Coronavirus Test Mar 13, 2020 Purigen Biosystems Targets FFPE DNA Extraction Market Premium Mar 9, 2020 DermTech Trying to Drum up Payor Coverage for Melanoma Test With Study Results Premium Jan 31, 2020 Chilean Startup GeneproDx Developing Molecular Test to Determine Thyroid Cancer Risk Premium Aug 29, 2019 Notre Dame Team Wins $2.9M NIH Grant for ExRNA Analysis Platform Jun 12, 2019 FDA Clears Roche Extraction Platform For Use With Applied BioCode GI Pathogen Panel, System Feb 14, 2019 Geneoscopy Develops Colorectal Cancer Dx Using RNA Biomarkers, Taking Aim at Exact Sciences Premium May 15, 2018 CARB-X Awards MicrobeDx Up To $3.5M May 9, 2012 ZyGem, Quanta BioSciences Ink OEM Pact Jan 26, 2012 ZyGem Inks OEM Agreement for Sample Prep Kits in Saudi Arabia Premium May 12, 2010 Response Genetics to Provide GSK with PCR-Based BRAF Mutation Analysis Premium Apr 29, 2010 Ocimum Biosolutions to Provide qRT-PCR Services in India Premium Mar 4, 2010 ZyGem and Genomic Health Introduce New Methods for Total RNA Extraction Premium Breaking News New Approach Identifies Candidate Causal Variants for Neuropsychiatric, Neurodevelopmental Conditions People in the News: Baylor's Thomas Caskey Dies; New Appointments at UK Biobank, CS Genetics, More In Brief This Week: Pathogenomix, Uniogen, Genetic Technologies, DnaNudge, Gravity Diagnostics, More New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Biodesix, Curio Genomics, Akoya Biosciences, More NIH Earmarks $170M for All of Us Program's Personalized Nutrition Study Taiwanese Firm's IP Asserted in Suit Against Pacific Biosciences Found Partially Unpatentable The Scan Omicron's Sewage Path The New York Times writes that testing sewage is helping public health officials track Omicron. IBM Sells Part of Watson Health The Wall Street Journal reports IBM is selling part of its Watson Health business to an investment firm. Identifying the Right Whales The Boston Globe writes that genetic testing has helped identify North American right whales and find that weaning can take place earlier than thought. Science Papers on Approach to Quickly Sort Single Cells, Alternative Splicing in Cancer In Science this week: high-speed sorting of single cells using fluorescence imaging, and more.