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Life Technologies has launched its Life Technologies has launched its Ion Total RNA-Seq kit for transcript expression analysis on the Ion Torrent PGM. According to the company, the kit can analyze any type of RNA including rRNA-depleted total RNA, poly-A RNA, and small RNA. Additionally, it preserves strand information by aligning all mapped reads in the direction of transcription relative to the chromosomal strand.


Life Technologies also released its LifeScope bioinformatics software for analyzing next-gen sequencing data. The software has been optimized for the company's 5500 Series Genetic Analyzers. According to the company, LifeScope provides SNP detection, small RNA analysis, and other genomic-related analyses.

The Scan

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.

Not Quite Sent

The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post.

DTC Regulation Proposals

A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports.

PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy

In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.