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New Products: Jun 23, 2009


CLC Bio plans to release CLC Genomics Machine at a conference later this week, a "turnkey solution" for analyzing and visualizing next-generation sequencing data. The product consists of a hardware platform, several pre-installed software tools, including accelerated algorithms for next-generation sequencing data analysis, and an enterprise-level database.

The system includes a de novo assembly algorithm that enables assemblies of human and large plant genomes in a short time, according to the firm. Internal performance-benchmark studies have shown the system can generate a reference assembly of a human genome sequenced at one-fold coverage in about one hour. CLC Genomics Machine also includes other algorithms, like BLASTp, BLASTn, hmmsearch, hmmpfam, Smith-Waterman, and ClustalW.

Life Technologies division Applied Biosystems has launched the SOLiD Whole Transcriptome Analysis Kit, which enables the detailed characterization of all expressed RNA using the SOLiD sequencing platform. The kit, which combines Ambion reagents from Life Tech's Invitrogen brand with the SOLiD system, has already been used by researchers at the Beijing Institute of Genomics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, according to ABI, to study expression profiles of multiple tissues and cells in human, mouse, rice, and microbes.

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.