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European Molecular Biology Laboratory s European Bioinformatics Institute and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute s Ensembl Genome Browser and Eiken Chemical s Loopamp P450 Typing Reagent Kits


A new version of the Ensembl genome browser, found here [], aims to make available to researchers information from “several large” experiments, including linkage disequilibrium data, said the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Eiken Chemical is launching three new Loopamp P450 Typing Reagent Kits: CYP2C19*2, CYP2C19*3, and CYP2C9*3 on Dec. 24. The products use Eiken’s loop-mediated isothermal amplification carry out SNP genotyping of cytochrome P450, the company said this week in a statement. One assay can be read in “about 35 minutes” using a fluorescent analyzer, Eiken said.

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Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.