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Roche has been awarded US Patent No. 8,071,338, "Suppression of amplification using an oligonucleotide and a polymerase significantly lacking 5'-to-3' nuclease activity."
Nicolas Newton is named as the inventor on the patent.

NuGen and Ion Torrent have released the NuGen Encore NGS Library Systems for the Ion Torrent PGM.

Bio-Rad has introduced the CFX Connect real-time PCR detection system.
The CFX Connect system offers the same performance as the CFX96 Touch real-time PCR system, but requires a computer for operation, Bio-Rad said.

By Ben Butkus
This article has been updated from a previous version to include comments from NuGen's CEO.

NuGen and Advanced Liquid Logic will co-develop automated sample prep technology for next-generation sequencing, the companies said today.

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Public health experts call for a transparent COVID-19 vaccine approval process in a letter; the Food and Drug Administration commissioner assures science-based approval.

The Verge reports that new gene-naming guidelines aim in part to avoid Excel-related name change confusion.

In Nature this week: tuatara genome sequence aids in understanding amniote evolution, and more.

According to the Guardian, UK virologists say in a letter to officials that their expertise has been pushed aside in COVID-19 response plans.