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Nanopore Sequencing Takes Center Stage

Following up Complete Genomics' latest announcement, a review article published yesterday in Nature Biotechnology addresses the potential and challenges of nanopore sequencing. The process uses a nanopore-based device to collect signals from single, kilobase-long nucleotide polymers, and base sequence can be determined rapidly and cheaply without amplification or labeling.

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.