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New Products: May 10, 2011


Cufflink version 1.0.0 has been released. Updates to the program include the addition of a Reference Annotation Based Transcript assembly mode. It also includes a new tool called Cuffmerge to help merge assemblies from multiple samples into a single GTF for use with Cuffdiff. The new version can be downloaded here.

Bioo Scientific has released its Nextflex small RNA sequencing kit, for creating single and multiplexed libraries from small RNA for sequencing on the Illumina Genome Analyzer and HiSeq 2000. According to the company, the kit allows users to create libraries from as little as 1 microgram of total RNA, retains strand specificity, and enables the multiplexing of up to 384 samples.

Illumina has reduced the price for sequencing whole human genomes through its Illumina Genome Network. It will now charge $5,000 per genome for projects of 10 samples or more and $4,000 per genome for projects of 50 samples or more.

GenoLogics has launched a preconfigured version of its laboratory information management system software for Illumina next-generation sequencing systems and TruSeq sample prep kits.

The preconfigured LIMS includes an application programming interface that allows users to extend it to accommodate changes in their lab. A dashboard enables them to track the status of all their Illumina sequencers and to track runs across multiple instruments automatically. According to GenoLogics, the new product offers "the industry's tightest LIMS integration to Illumina's complete line of sequencing systems upon installation."

The Scan

Study Points to Tuberculosis Protection by Gaucher Disease Mutation

A mutation linked to Gaucher disease in the Ashkenazi Jewish population appears to boost Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance in a zebrafish model of the lysosomal storage condition, a new PNAS study finds.

SpliceVault Portal Provides Look at RNA Splicing Changes Linked to Genetic Variants

The portal, described in Nature Genetics, houses variant-related messenger RNA splicing insights drawn from RNA sequencing data in nearly 335,700 samples — a set known as the 300K-RNA resource.

Automated Sequencing Pipeline Appears to Allow Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Lineage Detection in Nevada Study

Researchers in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describe and assess a Clear Labs Dx automated workflow, sequencing, and bioinformatic analysis method for quickly identifying SARS-CoV-2 lineages.

UK Team Presents Genetic, Epigenetic Sequencing Method

Using enzymatic DNA preparation steps, researchers in Nature Biotechnology develop a strategy for sequencing DNA, along with 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, on existing sequencers.