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New Products: DNAStar's Lasergene; Bioo Scientific's NextFlex qRNA-seq; RefSeq 59

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DNAStar has released Lasergene 11, sequence assembly software that is available both in the Amazon Cloud and on desktop computers. Other improvements include the new application MegAlignPro and enhanced copy number variation analysis capability.


Bioo Scientific has released NextFlex qRNA-seq kit, which generates libraries equivalent to conventional RNA-seq libraries, but with the added feature of the company's proprietary molecular indexing technology. Prior to any PCR amplification steps, the DNA fragment ends are ligated to a pair of adaptors chosen at random from a total set of 9,216 molecular indices.


The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released version 59 of RefSeq, available via FTP.

The release includes genomic, transcript, and protein data available, as of April 29, 2013, and includes 39,040,745 records, 31,593,499 proteins, 3,579,371 RNAs, and sequences from 24,656 different organisms.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.