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New Products: Life Tech's AmpliSeq Exome; Swift Biosciences' Accel-NGS; Genome-euro

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Life Technologies' Ion Torrent has launched AmpliSeq Exome kit. The kit uses 300,000 amplicons and can complete an exome capture in six hours with one hour of hands-on time and requires sample input of 50 nanograms, according to the company (see story, this issue).


Swift Biosciences is offering an early access program for its Accel-NGS Library Kit for Illumina's sequencing systems. According to the company, the kit enables PCR-free libraries with 250 nanograms of input DNA and is compatible with formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue and damaged samples. Turnaround time is around 90 minutes.


The University of California, Santa Cruz Genome Browser has launched Genome-euro, a mirror site of the UCSC Genome Browser that is intended to serve users in Europe. The server is located in Universität Bielefeld Center for Biotechnology in Bielefeld, Germany, and is administered by UCSC. All functionality will be the same as on the US server.

The Scan

Support for Moderna Booster

An FDA advisory committee supports authorizing a booster for Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, CNN reports.

Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more