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New Products: Apr 19, 2011


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

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.