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The Malaysian Genomics Resource Center Berhad has updated its free online bioinformatics analysis tools and reference databases. Among other improvements, it has integrated its alignment tool SynaBlast-Mega with sequence data from the National Center for Biotechnology Information's GenBank database, which will allow users to submit up to 10 megabases of sequence query data for analysis. Additionally, it has incorporated datasets from fungal, bacterial, plant, and invertebrate genomes, along with mammalian genomes.


Ion Torrent has released an application note detailing increased read lengths for its PGM, using kits and protocols that it expects to release in the fourth quarter.

Sequencing an Escherichia coli strain, the company said it generated around 350,000 reads from one run on the PGM with average read lengths of 163 base pairs and a maximum read length of 265 base pairs. The run had an average total per-base error rate of 1.2 percent and an error rate at base 150 of 2.99 percent.

The Scan

Not Immediately Told

The US National Institutes of Health tells lawmakers that one of its grantees did not immediately report that it had developed a more infectious coronavirus, Science says.

Seems Effective in Kids

The Associated Press reports that the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children appears to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic disease.

Intelligence Warning on Bioeconomy Threats

US intelligence warns over China's focus on technologies and data related to the bioeconomy, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Campylobacteriosis Sources, Inherited Retinal Dystrophies, Liver Cancer Prognosis

In PLOS this week: approach to uncover source of Campylobacteriosis, genetic risk factors for inherited retinal dystrophies, and more.