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New Products: Clontech and Rubicon's RNA Library Prep Kit; BioNano Genomics' Irys; More

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Clontech Laboratories and Rubicon Genomics have launched the SMARTer Universal Low Input RNA Library Prep Kit. The kit combines Rubicon's ThruPlex technology, which was designed for samples with very low inputs — between 50 picograms and 50 nanograms — with Clontech's SMARTer kits for RNA sequencing. The combined kit is available for sequencing on Illumina instruments.


BioNano Genomics has launched its Irys System for genome mapping in Europe. The system uses nanochannel array technology and can be used to analyze structural variation, finish genomes, and generate de novo physical maps of genomes. Additionally, the firm said it plans to launch IrysChip, which will be higher throughput, in the second half of the year.


Life Technologies has launched Oncomine Next Gen Sequencing Power Tools, an analytics offering for cancer researchers that consists of a suite of software tools to survey novel predicted driver mutations and gene fusions across all cancers and within two dozen specific cancers types, as well as explore simple summary analyses that integrate multiple types of gene and pathway aberrations with clinical data, according to the company.

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.