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New Products: Bioo Scientific's Nextflex ChIP-Seq kit; DNAStar's Lasergene; COSMIC

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Bioo Scientific has updated its Nextflex ChIP-seq kit, to include an optional gel-free, bead-based protocol that reduces sample-prep time by two hours and allows for complete automation of the library prep, according to the company.


DNAStar has released Lasergene 10 software for sequence assembly and analysis. The updated software includes SeqNinja, a tool for manipulating and modifying large or complex sets of genomic data, or editing sequence data and annotations across large data sets very quickly.

The new software update also includes extended support for Ion Torrent and Pacific Biosciences data; can incorporate dbSNP, COSMIC, and GERP database information into assembly and analysis; has the ability to create custom SNP tables; and can detect splice site sequence variations.


The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has released version 58 of COSMIC, the Catalog of Somatic Mutations in Cancer. Five new fusion gene pairs and one new cancer gene are curated in the new release. Additionally, 13 new genes have been added to the cancer gene census, bringing the total genes implicated in cancer to 487.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.