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Short tandem repeat and expression data indicate that the U87MG cell line in the ATCC collection no longer represents the glioma from which it was established.

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An artificial intelligence-based analysis suggests a third group of ancient hominins likely interbred with human ancestors, according to Popular Mechanics.

In Science this week: reduction in bee phylogenetic diversity, and more.

The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

The Economist reports on Synthorx's efforts to use expanded DNA bases they generated to develop a new cancer drug.