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SeqWright Purchases a Second HiSeq, Scales up Bioinformatics Capabilities


SeqWright said this week that it has acquired a second Illumina HiSeq 2000 for its sequencing service business.

It purchased its first HiSeq instrument last August. It also has the Roche 454 GS FLX Titanium and Life Technologies' SOLiD 4 system (IS 8/24/2010).

SeqWright has also scaled up its bioinformatics capabilities and, according to the company, it can now map next-gen sequencing runs in "under 24 hours, map multiple jobs at once, and map from multiple platforms simultaneously."

Specifically, the company has installed a PowerWulf Grande Compute Engine from PSSC Labs and has augmented its existing Isilon IQ data-management system with increased storage and archiving tape capacity and a dedicated archiving server.

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.