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Genome Library: DNA from A to Z and DNA Sequencing: Optimizing the Process and Analysis


DNA from A to Z
By Daniel Farkas

This reference book is first and foremost a book for the layman — or a scientist unfamiliar with molecular biology. Entries, arranged alphabetically, describe the basic terms of DNA sequencing and analysis, with particular attention paid to molecular diagnostics. The book may also, the author notes, help familiarize biologists with language suitable for describing their work to non-scientists curious enough to ask.

DNA Sequencing: Optimizing the Process and Analysis
By Jan Kieleczawa

A thorough, technical review of various phases of sequencing from cloning to reagents to LIMS, this book is not for a general audience. Thoughtful foreword by Elaine Mardis, with chapters by Kieleczawa as well as a range of biotech and pharma researchers.

— JM and MS


The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.