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Oxford Nanopore Technologies Midnight Protocol, Rapid Barcoding Kit

Oxford Nanopore Technologies has released updated protocols and kits for SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing. The new Midnight protocol is optimized for multiplexed, high-throughput sequencing of the virus and makes use of the firm's rapid sequencing kits. It comes with a new rapid barcoding kit with 96 barcodes.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.