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New Products: SoftGenetics' NextGene; Life Tech's CNV Analysis; Lexogen's RNA-seq Kits; More

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SoftGenetics has added a copy number variation tool to its NextGene software. The tool includes a coverage-based algorithm that can detect copy number variation from exome and targeted sequencing platforms from Illumina, Life Technologies, and Roche sequencing systems.


Life Technologies has launched a copy number variation analysis tool for exome sequencing that combines the Ion Reporter CNV data analysis workflow with its Ion AmpliSeq Exome kit and sequencing on the Ion Proton.

The Ion Reporter software for CNV analysis automates the steps for a priori identification and interpretation of CNVs, SNPs, and indels, according to the company.


Lexogen has launched its SPLIT RNA Extraction kit and its SENSE mRNA-seq library prep kits for Life Technologies' Ion Torrent and SOLiD platforms.

The SPLIT protocol removes genomic DNA without the use of DNAse digestion and takes between 90 minutes to 105 minutes, according to the company. Its SENSE mRNA-seq library kit is strand specific, has a turnaround time of under four hours, requires between 500 nanograms and 2 micrograms of total RNA, and includes optional barcoding, according to the company.


Lab7 Systems has launched a software toolkit and service offerings for next-generation sequencing analysis. Among its offerings are BioBuilds, a reference collection of open source bioinformatics tools for genomics; SeqSigma, a process that uses clients' sequencing and analysis goals to implement computational infrastructures; and Dash03, a pipeline that identifies computational and dataflow bottlenecks.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.