STR analysis

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

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Short tandem repeat and expression data indicate that the U87MG cell line in the ATCC collection no longer represents the glioma from which it was established.

PowerPlex Fusion 6C system is a 27-locus multiplex assay that combines common and informative loci, including SE33, Penta D, and Penta E.

The firm has timed the launch with FBI-mandated CODIS expansion, a period when labs will be evaluating and adopting new products.

The company made the move after several media outlets falsely reported that Ancestry had divulged the identify of a donor without a police warrant.

There is growing interest among forensics researchers in expanding the use of molecular technologies, such as arrays and next-generation sequencing, to advance the field. But there are challenges, as forensics, particularly in its application to criminal cases, has been slow to adopt new technologies.

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Applied Research Associates have published a study demonstrating an improved microfluidic technique to purify, concentrate, and quantify DNA from clean and soil-contaminated buccal swabs prior to STR analysis.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.