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Bioo Scientific has released its Air DNA Fragmentation Kit for next-generation sequencing. The kit was developed in collaboration with Eureka Genomics and is compatible with the Illumina and Roche 454 platforms. According to the company, its kit achieves 30 percent greater DNA recovery than traditional fragmentation protocols.


SoftGenetics has released the latest version of its NextGene software for the analysis of data from the Roche, Illumina, Ion PGM, and Life Technologies' SOLiD sequencing systems. The new version includes enhanced transcriptome detection and a new pipeline tool for unattended automation of next-gen sequencing data analysis. According to the company, the pipeline tool will automatically query the availability of sequence data, de-multiplex barcoded samples, obtain pre-selected panels for references, and perform data alignment followed by SNP and indel analysis without intervention.


DNA Star has released an upgrade to its Lasergene 9 software. The new release incorporates the Lasergene Navigator, Lasergene Core Suite, SeqMan NGen, ArrayStar, QStar, GenVision, and Protean 3D software components into one package.

The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.