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NuGen has released its Encore NGS Library/Multiplex Systems, a library construction kit, and the Ovation 3'-DGE System, a gene-expression profiling system.

The Encore NGS Library and Multiplex Systems allow automatable library construction in three hours with two purification steps and no gel purification requirements, the company said. The system also enables indexing for multiplex sequencing of up to eight samples. The kit is compatible with applications such as genomic DNA sequencing, RNA-seq, amplicon sequencing, ChIP-seq or digital gene expression.

The Ovation 3'-DGE System allows for the completion of sample to library in nine hours when used in conjunction with the Encore NGS Library/Multiplex Systems, an input of total RNA as low as 10 nanograms, and compatibility with all leading next-generation sequencing platforms.


Microbial genomics company OpGen has launched its Argus Optical Mapping System for microbial whole genome analysis. The system uses software to view and compare bacterial genomes. It generates ordered, whole-genome restriction maps from single DNA molecules that can be used in strain typing, comparative genomics, and whole-genome sequence assembly.

The company has delivered seven systems to customers including the Food and Drug Administration, the Naval Medical Research Center, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and In-Q-Tel, a technology company that supports the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.