RNA extraction

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – ZyGem today said that it has entered into an agreement with Quanta BioSciences to incorporate its enzymatic RNA-extraction technology into Quanta's quantitative PCR reagent kits.

ZyGem said today that it has signed an OEM agreement with Saudi Diagnostics, which will market ZyGem's DNA and RNA extraction kits for a variety of research applications.

GSK gains certain rights to Response Genetics' PCR analysis technology and diagnostic expertise to assess BRAF mutations in human tumor samples.

The company already offers many of these services to customers in North America and Europe through Gaithersburg, Md.-based subsidiary Gene Logic.

ZyGem's method, available in a commercial kit, can prepare samples in under 20 minutes, or up to ten times faster than existing RNA extraction products; while Genomic Health's method can access the entire transcriptome from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues for downstream analyses.

Fotis Kafatos, the founding president of the European Research Council, has died, according to the Associated Press.

The New York Times profiles 23andMe's Anne Wojcicki and describes how she bounced back from a bad year.

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of honeybee disease, microRNA profiles of people with lupus nephritis, and more.

The Verge's Angela Chen tried out a gene test for fitness advice, but didn't learn much new information.