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Pacific Biosciences HiFiViral SARS-CoV-2 Kit and Upgraded Microbial WGS Application

Pacific Biosciences has launched the HiFiViral SARS-CoV-2 kit, an end-to-end solution for COVID-19 surveillance, and an upgraded HiFi microbial whole-genome sequencing application. The SARS-CoV-2 kit uses molecular inversion probes, rather than PCR-based amplification and provides companion SMRT Link v10.2 software. It can process up to 384 samples at a time. The microbial WGS application adds HiFi sequencing and doubles the recommended multiplexing capacity to 96.

The Scan

Close Panel Vote on Califf Nomination

The New York Times reports there was a close committee vote to advance the nomination of Robert Califf to lead the US Food and Drug Administration to the full Senate.

Task Force Reports on Scientific Integrity

Nature News writes that that a new task force report recommends that the US establish a cross-agency scientific integrity council.

Across the Hall

Genetic testing, closed-circuit cameras, and more show how a traveler, without any contact, infected others at a New Zealand quarantine facility, CNN reports.

Science Paper Examines Influence of Chromatin Modifications on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

In Science this week: genes regulating chromatin modification may contribute to OCD risk.