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New Products: NuGen's Encore NGS Library Systems; Bioo's Nextflex ChIP-seq; dbSNP 135; Galaxy


NuGen and Ion Torrent have released the NuGen Encore NGS Library Systems for the Ion Torrent PGM. The library prep kit requires only 100 nanograms of DNA, and sequencing libraries can be created for a wide range of applications, including the option of 16-plex sequencing, according to the companies.

Bioo Scientific has launched the Nextflex ChIP-seq kit and barcodes, which uses the company's NanoQ low-input binding enzymes that have been designed for use with DNA input material of 10 nanograms or less. The kit also features enhanced adapter ligation technology, which improves the ligation enzymatic mix and can perform ligations with long adapters and better binding efficiencies, according to the company. The kit includes up to 96 unique adapter barcodes and is compatible with Illumina sequencing platforms.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released new data for build 135 of dbSNP, available here. The new release includes human data, as well as data from the bony fish, eucalyptus, fusarium, rubber tree, stickleback fish, and sweet cherry.

The Galaxy open-source, web-based platform for data-intensive biomedical and genetic research developed by researchers at Pennsylvania State University is now available via the Amazon Web Services cloud. Galaxy offers DNA-sequencing analysis software, genome-annotation databases, and storage capacity through a web-based portal so that researchers can search a variety of resources, combine data from independent queries, and visualize the results.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.