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Fluidigm this week launched 5-kilobase and 10-kilobase long-range PCR protocols for its Access Array System. Access Array, launched last year, enables users to amplify up to 48 samples per array for use in targeted resequencing applications. The availability of long-range PCR will allow researchers to enrich more sequence per sample, Fluidigm said.

The company said that the new protocols offer the capability to enrich up to 240 kb per sample and 11.5 megabases per array, or 480 kb and 23 Mb per array, respectively, from 48 samples at a time.

The output generated by Fluidigm's Access Array system can be used in several high-throughput sequencers, including the Roche 454 FLX, Illumina Genome Analyzer II, and Life Technologies SOLiD 4.


SciGene this week released new methods for its ArrayPrep Target Preparation System that support the automated preparation of labeled gDNA using Agilent Technologies or Roche NimbleGen reagent kits.

The company also announced that its Little Dipper Software now supports both Agilent and Roche NimbleGen platforms.


Epigentek this week launched its BisulFlash DNA Modification Kit, which it claims can convert unmethylated cytosine into uracil in around 30 minutes.

The converted DNA eluate can be obtained for use in mutagenically separated PCR, real time MS-PCR, methylation microarray, and methylation sequencing and pyrosequencing applications, the company said.

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.