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SoftGenetics' NextGene software is now available with the Ion Torrent PGM, through the Ion Torrent online store as well as standard ordering channels. The companies have entered into a reseller's agreement, and the software has been tailored to process sequence data from the PGM for applications such as de novo assembly, SNP and indel detection, ChIP-seq, and RNA-seq, according to the companies.


Swiss service provider Fasteris is now offering scaled-back sequencing services on the Illumina HiSeq 2000. It will offer 10 percent of a HiSeq channel for single-end sequencing of 50-base reads for CHF 380 ($420). The company said this option will reduce costs compared to a full channel, which would typically produce between 50 million and 100 million reads,

According to the company, an entire bacterial genome could be resequenced for under $1,500 including sample prep and bioinformatics. Of the 5 million to 8 million reads that it expects to generate on each 10 percent channel, it guarantees that 2.5 million reads will pass filter.

The Scan

mRNA-Based Vaccine on the Way in China

China may soon have its own mRNA-based vaccine, according to Nature News.

Arranged Killing, Fraud Alleged by Prosecutors

The Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors allege that the co-founder of a biotech arranged to have a business associate who threatened to expose him as a fraud killed.

Whirlwind Decade of CRISPR

The New York Times looks back at the 10 years since the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues published their CRISPR paper.

PNAS Papers on Blue Cone Monochromacy Structural Variants, HIV-1 Mutant, T-ALL

In PNAS this week: structural variants linked to blue cone monochromacy, HIV-1 variants affecting the matrix protein p17, and more.