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New Products: Agilent Technologies' Custom Oligo FISH Probes

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Agilent Technologies last week introduced custom-designed oligonucleotide probes for fluorescence in situ hybridization experiments. The new offering pairs Agilent's oligo library synthesis capability for FISH with its SureDesign online application, which enables researchers to design unique FISH probes, microarrays, and target enrichment libraries, as well as sample various designs prior to placing an order.

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Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.