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The Good News: You Get More Data. The Bad News: You Get More Data

David Dooling blogs about the next upgrade of the FLX platform from Roche/454: first known as the XLR-HD, the machine is now called the 454 FLX Titanium, he says. "The average read length will increase from 250 to 400 bases" thanks to doubling the number of cycles per run, and more densely packed well plates also ups throughput. The "runs will quintuple their data output from 100 Mb to about 500 Mb (or more)," Dooling writes. Of course, that means more compute power is needed to analyze the data -- but you have a spare cluster handy, right?


The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.