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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

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.