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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

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.