private financing TwinStrand Biosciences Raises $50M in Series B Round The company is commercializing an error-reducing duplex sequencing technology that can identify ultra-low frequency genomic variants. Kromatid Receives $2M Investment From BroadOak Capital Partners The company will use the funds to accelerate commercialization of its directional genomic hybridization products and for ongoing product development. Ultivue Closes $50M Series D Financing Round The company said it would use the funds to expand commercialization of its InSituPlex technology and grow its research and development efforts. Sample Prep Startup SimplSeq Raises $2M in Seed Funding SimplSeq will use the money to validate its nucleic acid sample preparation technology, shore up its intellectual property, and launch its first products. Nanopore Sequencing Firm Armonica Technologies Progresses Towards Single-Base Detection Premium The firm will use a new SBIR grant to put together a data package to use in fundraising as it develops a viable Raman spectroscopy-based sequencing instrument. Breaking News Seven Bridges, ZS Genetics Partner for Multiomics Analytics in Drug Development BioMérieux Receives CE Mark for Vitek Clinical Microbiology Mass Spec System People in the News: New Appointments at Helix, Fulgent Genetics, IDbyDNA, Quantum-Si, More New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Centogene, Meridian Bioscience, Oxford Nanopore, More Indivumed, Oslo University Hospital Partner on AI-Driven Colorectal Cancer Research Cystic Fibrosis-Related Airway Cell Changes Revealed in Single-Cell Transcriptome Study The Scan Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. Viral Integration Study Critiqued Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism. Giraffe Species Debate The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it. Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.