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New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Bio-Rad, GP-write, Twist Bioscience, KogeneBiotech, More

Bio-Rad Laboratories SEQuoia RiboDepletion Kit

Bio-Rad Laboratories has launched the SEQuoia RiboDepletion Kit. The kit improves assay efficiency by eliminating irrelevant ribosomal RNA fragments from an RNA-seq library and is designed for genomics researchers targeting rare transcripts or working with limited or degraded sample. The kit enables the pooling of multiple libraries into one depletion reaction to save time and reduce costs, and it streamlines workflow to less than two hours, Bio-Rad said.

GP-write, Twist Bioscience Whole-Genome Design Platform

Genome Project-write (GP-write) and Twist Bioscience have introduced a new technology platform for whole-genome design. The partners said that their platform, based on computer-aided design, will simplify the writing of genomes by automating workflows, facilitating collaboration, and supporting scalability not available in current genome design technology that is optimized for small-scale changes in bacterial systems. According to GP-write and Twist, the platform also will support design based on direct orders of synthetic DNA from industrial users.

KogeneBiotech PowerChek SARS-CoV-2 S-gene Mutation Detection Kit

KogeneBiotech of South Korea has launched the PowerChek SARS-CoV-2 S-gene Mutation Detection Kit version 1.0, a research-use-only kit designed to detect and discriminate between 12 significant viral variants. Specifically, the kit detects genomic mutations of the receptor binding domain region of the spike protein, and can discriminate variants of concern that originated in the UK (B.1.1.7), South Africa (B.1.351), Japan/Brazil (P.1), and US/California (B.1.427/429); and the variants of interest, classified by WHO, that originated in New York (B.1.525), Brazil (P.2), India (B.1.167 and B.1.167.1/2/3), the company said. The assay can be performed in less than an hour based on SNP detection via one-step multiplex real-time PCR.

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The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.