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New Products: Clontech's SMARTer RNA-seq; BioNano Genomics' IrysChip V2; More

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Clontech Laboratories has launched its SMARTer Stranded RNA-seq kit for strand-specific RNA-seq from low-input samples. The kit integrates Illumina library preparation with the SMART cDNA amplification to create indexed libraries in less than four hours, according to the company.


BioNano Genomics has launched IrysChip V2, a high-throughput chip for its Irys system that now supports human genome analysis. The new chip provides a 15-fold increase in throughput over the previous version.


BioDatomics launched BioDT, an open source suite of next-generation sequencing data analysis software and services. It includes access to more than 400 analysis tools, a graphic layout for customized visualization, and genome browsing tools. Additionally, it has full integration with R, Bioconductor, MATLAB, and Galaxy and is compatible with all next-gen sequencing systems.

The Scan

Looking for Omicron

NPR reports that SARS-CoV-2 testing in the US has gotten better but also that some experts say more needs to be done to better track the Omicron variant.

Holmes Alleges Abuse

The Associated Press reports that Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes has testified at her wire fraud trial that her business and romantic partner abused her.

Bit More Diverse, But More to Do

While Black and Hispanic patients are more likely to participate in cancer clinical trials than previously, they are still underrepresented, according to US News & World Report.

PNAS Papers on Yeast Gene Silencing, Zika Virus Inhibition, Immunoglobulin Hypermutation

In PNAS this week: gene silencing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, possible neuroprotective role for SHFL in a mouse model of Zika virus infection, and more.