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SeqWright Buys New Compute Hardware, Sequencer to Boost Productivity


This week, SeqWright announced that it has acquired a PowerWulf Grande Compute Engine from PSSC Labs as part of a broader effort to expand its next-generation sequencing and sequence data analysis capabilities.

Along these lines, the sequencing services company also announced that it purchased a second Illumina HiSeq 2000 sequencer to augment its cache of machines, which also includes Roche 454 GS FLX Titanium and Applied Biosciences' SOLiD 4 platforms.

With its new compute power, SeqWright said it "can map next-generation sequencing runs in under 24 hours, map multiple jobs at once, and map from multiple platforms simultaneously," thus "improving operational efficiency and increasing throughput."

SeqWright last year installed Isilon Systems' Isilon IQ system to store next-gen sequencing data. The company said this week that it has expanded that system to increase its storage and archiving tape capacity to meet the "back-up requirements of customers and regulatory agencies."

SeqWright's list of services NGS services includes de novo sequencing, single nucleotide polymorphism analysis, and RNA and cancer genome sequencing.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.