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2012-02-27 10:59:44

Revolutionary techniques in DNA sequencing open new doors that will transform plant biology as we know it Genomes are catalogs of hereditary information that determine whether an organism becomes a plant, animal, fungus or microbe, and whether the organism is adapted to its surroundings. Determining the sequence of DNA within genomes is crucial to human medicine, crop genetics, biotechnology, forensic science, threatened species management, and evolutionary studies. The last 5 years have...

2012-02-08 07:00:00

BRANFORD, Connecticut, February 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute [http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/default.cfm ] in Washington, DC announced today a collaboration agreement to use Roche's GS Junior benchtop sequencing system [http://my454.com/products/gs-junior-system/index.asp ] for research in SCBI's Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics. SCBI's state-of-the-art genetics laboratory, based at the National Zoo in...

2012-02-06 13:09:24

New technology described in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics DNA sequencing to detect genetic mutations can aid in the diagnosis and selection of treatment for cancer. Current methods of testing DNA samples, Sanger sequencing and pyrosequencing, occasionally produce complex results that can be difficult or impossible to interpret. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have developed a free software program, Pyromaker, that can more accurately identify such...

2012-01-30 07:00:00

RENO, Nevada and BRANFORD, Connecticut, January 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hamilton Robotics announced today a new automated solution for DNA sample enrichment on the MICROLAB STARlet Liquid Handling Workstation. Integrating Roche's REM e liquid handling system, the workflow solution enriches up to eight DNA samples for subsequent sequencing on the GS FLX System [http://www.454.com/products-solutions/product-list.asp ]. The integrated system automates the multiple-step enrichment...

2012-01-17 07:00:00

BRANFORD, Connecticut, January 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Human Genetics and Laboratory Medicine Dr. Klein and Dr. Rost, and IMGM Laboratories, both located in Martinsried Germany, reported using the Roche GS Junior Benchtop System to sequence clinically relevant exons and identify genomic variations in solid tumors treated with an antibody-based medicine. This sequencing approach, easily expanded to complete coding regions, has great potential for personalized...

Two US Companies Releasing 'One-Day' Genome Machines
2012-01-12 12:19:29

Two different U.S. companies have announced plans to release equipment that can sequence an individual's genome in a single day, with both machines being revealed to the public within hours of each other on Tuesday. The first to announce their genome-sequencing machine was Ion Torrent, a Connecticut-based division of the Life Technologies Corporation, according to Reuters and Associated Press (AP) reports. The company, which claims that its Ion Proton Sequencer is 1,000 times more...

2012-01-04 06:22:32

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Smoking is a well-known risk factor for lung cancer, but about 25% of all lung cancer patients have never smoked. According to this study, a gene fusion event could explain a significant proportion of these lung cancer cases, and may serve as a target for new therapies. Recent strides have been made to identify gene mutation events driving cases of lung adenocarcinoma in never-smokers, but the underlying genetic events leading to these lung cancers still remain...

2011-12-21 10:00:00

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambry Genetics, a global leader in clinical diagnostics and genomic services, announced today that they have officially launched their Illumina MiSeq Next-Gen sequencing services. Ambry Genetics has been an early adapter of Illumina sequencing systems since 2007 and has extensive experience as a Certified Service Provider processing thousands of samples. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110307/LA59848LOGO) The Illumina...

2011-10-18 09:16:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: LIFE) today announced that Jonathan Rothberg, CEO and founder of Ion Torrent, is a runner-up in this year's Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards for the Ion Personal Genome Machine (PGM(TM)), which "promises to sequence DNA more quickly and at a lower cost than other sequencing technologies," the awards committee said. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111018/LA88537) This...

2011-10-11 07:00:00

BRANFORD, Connecticut and TEMPE, Arizona, October 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY [http://www.roche.com/investors.htm ]) and Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE) announced today an agreement to license several technologies developed by Dr. Stuart Lindsay at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University and Dr. Colin Nuckolls of the Columbia University Nanoscience Center for the development of a revolutionary DNA sequencing system. The licensed...