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New Product Watch: Sep 1, 2009

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New England Biolabs recently launched NEBNext DNA Sample Prep Reagent Set 1, a set of reagents suited for sample preparation for next-generation sequencing and for preparation of expression libraries.


Rubicon Genomics has launched its PicoPlex Single Cell Whole Genome Amplification kit. The company aims to sell the kit to the pre-implantation genetic diagnostics, cancer research, and stem cell research markets. PicoPlex "enables reference labs to begin qPCR, microarray, or sequencing analysis less than three hours after collecting patient cells," Rubicon said.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.