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Fireworks on the Beach? Guess They're Officially Out of Stealth Mode

Sequencing startup Pacific Biosciences was happily handing out copies of the New York Times at the Marco Island meeting on Saturday, and here's why: a couple of articles prominently featured the company and its technology, which it officially unveiled at the AGBT conference. This one surveys the field, mentioning other companies such as Helicos, and quotes a number of top-notch scientists about their views on the PacBio tech. And this article focuses more on the technology itself.

 

The Scan

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.