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New Products: NuGen's Ovation RNA-seq System; SoftGenetics' NextGene, Bio-Rad's ddPCR kit


NuGen Technologies has launched its Ovation Human FFPE RNA-seq Multiplex System, which provides an end-to-end solution for strand-specific RNA-seq library prep from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue. The system makes use of NuGen's insert dependent adaptor cleavage technology, which provides targeted depletion of unwanted high abundance transcripts and eliminates the need for additional hybridization based capture steps, according to the company. It also complements NuGen's recently launched Ovation Human Blood RNA-seq Multiplex System.

SoftGenetics' NextGene software version 2.3.4 includes algorithms for detecting copy number variations from exome and targeted sequencing panels, including Life Technologies' Ion AmpliSeq panels. CNVs are detected by comparing the coverage of specified region in a sample project and a control project, and the resulting "coverage ratio" is used to detect CNVs.

Bio-Rad has launched its ddPCR library quantification kit for Life Technologies' Ion Torrent machines. The kit is run on Bio-Rad's QX200 Droplet Digital PCR system and is compatible with the Ion AmpliSeq library kit, and quantifies the Ion AmpliSeq DNA and RNA libraries, maximizes the number of useable reads, enables consistent loading, and optimizes the utilization of every sequencing run, according to the company.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.