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New Products: SoftGenetics' NextGene; Multiplicom's Cancer Kits

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SoftGenetics has released the latest version of its NextGene software for analyzing next-generation sequence data. The new release includes optimized algorithms that increase turnaround time by up to 60 percent; a new algorithm for CNV detection; the ability to include CSOMIC and ESP databases; and advanced reporting that includes target region coverage curve and statistics, the ability to create summary reports in PDF format, and the ability to save consensus SNP and sequence reports.


Multiplicom had launched three mutation-detection kits based on the company's proprietary MASTR technology. The three kits, which detect mutations common in gastro-intestinal track, colon, lung, and skin cancers, can be used in combination with all next-gen sequencing systems.

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US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.