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Illumina has launched IlluminaCompute, an integrated computing solution for its Genome Analyzer sequencing platform. The product, which will be available in November, combines Illumina's sequencing software with high-performance blade servers from Dell's OEM and Life Sciences group and modular storage capacity from Isilon Systems. According to the company, IlluminaCompute creates a flexible and scalable system for human-scale genomic data analysis and provides a centralized high-performance computational and storage infrastructure for a high-throughput sequence analysis workflow. Illumina said it provides a comprehensive service to design and install the system at customer sites. The company has developed and validated it in collaboration with several genome centers.


SoftGenetics' NextGene software is now capable of detecting whole-genome structural variants in both short and long reads generated by second-generation systems, such as Roche/454's GS FLX, Illumina's GAII, and Life Technologies' SOLiD. The program lets users choose between short paired reads and longer reads to perform structural variant detection.


NuGen Technologies has launched the Ovation WGA System for whole-genome amplification. The product uses NuGen's patented single primer isothermal amplification technology and provides reagents to generate microgram amounts of DNA from samples as small as 10 nanograms in less than four hours using linear amplification, according to the company.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.