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Advanced Analytical markets CE instruments, reagents, and software for nucleic acid analysis while Lasergen is a next-generation sequencing technology developer.

The firm's $80 investment in Lasergen sets the stage for it to develop an integrated sample-to-result clinical genomics workflow by 2020.

Agilent said it will work with Lasergen to build a clinical sequencing workflow based on the smaller firm's Lightning Terminators sequencing chemistry.

LaserGen has named Mimi Healy CEO and to its board of directors. She is taking over from founder Michael Metzker, who developed and patented the company's proprietary Lightning Terminators.

By Julia Karow
This article has been updated to include information about Roche/IBM and Genia.

LaserGen has raised $5 million in a Series A financing round, which it will use to demonstrate accurate sequencing of the Escherichia coli genome and to continue developing its next-generation sequencing system.

Last week, the Baylor College of Medicine spinout disclosed that it has teamed up with National Instruments to build and validate a prototype sequencer that uses its "Lightning Terminator" chemistry.

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The Washington Post reports that Herbert Tabor, who worked at the US National Institutes of Health for 77 years, has died at 101.

The World Bank is seeking approval for a $12 billion plan to provide low-income nations with funds to procure SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to Reuters.

Science writes that public health officials and others are debating whether cycle threshold values should be included on SARS-CoV-2 results.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: online database of SARS-CoV-2 protein structures, atlas of the human brain, and more.