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Element Biosciences LoopSeq Long-Read Sequencing Kits

Element Biosciences announced the availability of LoopSeq long-read sequencing kits for its Aviti instrument. LoopSeq provides synthetic long reads up to 5 Kb. Applications include microbial, mRNA isoform, oncogene fusion, and immune repertoire sequencing. The kits come in two configurations, both of which can run up to 96 samples: AmpliconLoopSeq for any amplicon or long double-stranded DNA and 16S LoopSeq for full-length 16S gene sequencing. Element is accepting orders now and plans to ship kits in early December.

The Scan

Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.