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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

Response Too Slow, Cautious

A new report criticizes the global response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature News reports.

Pushed a Bit Later

Novavax has pushed back its timeline for filing for authorization for its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Bloomberg.

AMA Announces Anti-Racism Effort

The Associated Press reports that the American Medical Association has released a plan to address systemic racism in healthcare.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on miRMaster 2.0, MutationTaster2021, LipidSuite

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool to examine small non-coding RNAs, approach to predict ramifications of DNA variants, and more.