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Life Technologies has begun shipping the 316 chip for the Ion Torrent PGM, which, at 100 megabases, has a tenfold higher throughput than the previous 314 chip, according to the company (IS 6/28/2011). The PGM now also has run times of under eight hours. Additionally, the company is selling its 314 chip for $99, and plans to launch its 318 chip, which will have a throughput of 1 gigabase, in the fourth quarter of the year.


BGI has released an updated version of its Short Oligonucleotide Analysis Package, or SOAP, software. Improvements include increasing the speed of SOAP3 for aligning reads to a reference sequence, increasing the accuracy of SOAPdenovo for assembly, and increasing the speed and accuracy of SOAPIndel for calling long indels. The updated software is freely accessible via BGI's website here.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.