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New Products: Apr 26, 2011

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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

US Supports Patent Waivers

NPR reports that the Biden Administration has announced its support for waiving intellectual property protections for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Vaccines Versus Variants

Two studies find the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to be effective against viral variants, and Moderna reports on booster shots to combat variants.

CRISPR for What Ails You

The Wall Street Journal writes that CRISPR-based therapies could someday be used to treat common conditions like heart attacks.

Nature Papers Review Integration of Single-Cell Assay Data, Present Approach to Detect Rare Variants

In Nature this week: review of ways to integrate data from single-cell assays, and more.