STR analysis

The two papers published today in Science and Cell have implications for both forensics and genetic research.

The work is a step toward transitioning from PCR- and CE-based methods for STR profiling in forensics to NGS-based approaches.

Formerly known as NetBio, the firm is now the first to gain approval under the new standards of the Rapid DNA Act of 2017.

Thermo Fisher said that IntegenX complements and enhances its existing human identification product portfolio.

The law broadens the ability of law enforcement agencies to use rapid DNA sequencing technology and upload resulting data into a federal database.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: improved method for determining RNA structure, approach for detecting microRNAs digitally, and more.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: barley genome sequenced, method for genotyping and phasing short tandem repeats, and more.

The technique provides the scientific community with a higher-resolution methodology to determine if a mouse cell line has been correctly identified in research.

The case is being framed as either upholding a strong patent regime or dealing a blow to US-based manufacturing as part of the global supply chain.

Short tandem repeat and expression data indicate that the U87MG cell line in the ATCC collection no longer represents the glioma from which it was established.

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This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.