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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

RNA Editing in Octopuses Seems to Help Acclimation to Shifts in Water Temperature

A paper in Cell reports that octopuses use RNA editing to help them adjust to different water temperatures.

Topical Compound to Block EGFR Inhibitors May Ease Skin Toxicities, Study Finds

A topical treatment described in Science Translational Medicine may limit skin toxicities seen with EGFR inhibitor therapy.

Dozen Genetic Loci Linked to Preeclampsia Risk in New GWAS

An analysis of genome-wide association study data in JAMA Cardiology finds genetic loci linked to preeclampsia that have ties to blood pressure.

Cancer Survival Linked to Mutational Burden in Pan-Cancer Analysis

A pan-cancer paper appearing in JCO Precision Oncology suggests tumor mutation patterns provide clues for predicting cancer survival that are independent of other prognostic factors.