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New Products: Swift Biosciences' Accel-NGS Kit; Roche/Hamilton's Automated DNA Enrichment; More

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Swift Biosciences has launched Accel-NGS DNA Library Kit, a PCR-free library prep kit that requires 5 nanograms of input DNA. According to the company, libraries can be prepared in 75 minutes in a five-step protocol that is compatible with formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue and can be easily automated.


Roche and Hamilton Robotics have jointly launched a platform for automated DNA sample enrichment for the 454 GS Junior instrument. The platform integrates Roche's REM e System with Hamilton's Microlab NIMBUS NGS workstation to automate the emulsion PCR breaking, bead enrichment, and sequence primer annealing steps in the GS Junior workflow.


NuGen has launched the Mondrian SP+ Workstation, which extends the capabilities of the previous version to enable the integration of library enrichment in fully automated workflows. The expanded protocols will also include ultralow input RNA-seq, and RNA-seq library preparation.


The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities has partnered with the Vermont Genetics Network to launch the ABRF Core Marketplace, a free service that allows researchers to search for scientific resources offered by core labs and other service providers.

Service providers can list their labs for free, providing information about the services they provide, their location, and other information. Providers can also post limited time offerings, such as a single lane on a sequencing run that they'd like to fill quickly.

Researchers, meantime, can search for specific services and filter by location or specific institution, or can post service requests for jobs that require a quick turnaround time.
The Core Marketplace, launched this week at the ABRF annual meeting, is built upon the Core Facilities Database maintained by the Vermont Genetics Network, and currently includes services from 409 labs, primarily in the US and Canada.

The Scan

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Gain of Oversight

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Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

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