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Is it Bigger than a Breadbox?

Dan Koboldt at MassGenomics gives his take on the new Ion Torrent semiconductor sequencing instrument unveiled at the Advances in Genome Biology Technology conference in Marco Island, Fla., last week. Koboldt, who was able to view the new machine at the Ion Torrent suite, describes it as slightly larger than a breadbox. “The real engineering marvel is the semiconductor chip itself,” he writes, explaining the throughput achievable with the tiny chip that contains 1.5 million wells. In referring to the Ion Torrent CEO’s talk at the conference, the blogger writes “I can’t believe [Jonathon] Rothberg didn’t mention this ― an iPod Touch ships with each instrument, pre-installed with an app to monitor runs and cycles in real time. How cool is that?”

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.