This week, Pacific Biosciences released a software tool for its single-molecule, real-time sequencer that detects DNA base modifications associated with epigenetic regulation and DNA damage during the sequencing process.

According to the company, the new analysis tool enables users to detect and visualize these modifications. It works by measuring the rate of DNA base incorporation during the sequencing process. Researchers can also use the tool to re-analyze existing data to detect methylation and other base modifications.

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