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Big Plans for a New Sequencer

Life Technologies is to announce today that its new benchtop Ion Proton Sequencer, to launch mid-year, will be able to sequence a human genome in one day for $1,000, according to a press release from the company. However, Matthew Herper at Forbes says that claim is "probably pushing it, but just a bit."

Life Tech says its new machine will cost $149,000. Its exome-sequencing chip, the Ion Proton I, will be available around mid-year, while the Ion Proton II Chip — for sequencing whole human genomes — will be available by the end of 2012.

The price tag and speed, Reuters' Sharon Begley adds, may make the machine attractive to clinicians. It, Scripps Health's Eric Topol tells her that the new sequencer "represents an exceptional advance and can change medicine."

Our sister publication In Sequence has more on the Ion Proton here.

The Scan

Vaccine Update Recommended

A US Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster vaccines be updated to target Omicron, CNBC reports.

US to Make More Vaccines for Monkeypox Available

The US is to make nearly 300,000 vaccine doses available in the coming weeks to stem the spread of human monkeypox virus, according to NPR.

Sentence Appealed

The Associated Press reports that Swedish prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to a surgeon once lauded for transplanting synthetic tracheas but then convicted of causing bodily harm.

Genome Biology Papers on COVID-19 Effector Genes, Virtual ChIP-seq, scDART

In Genome Biology this week: proposed COVID-19 effector genes, method to predict transcription factor binding patterns, and more.