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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

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.