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Parse Biosciences Evercode Whole-Transcriptome v2

Parse Biosciences has launched the Evercode Whole-Transcriptome v2 single-cell transcriptomics assay, featuring updated chemistry across the board, from cell and nuclei fixation to transcript barcoding. The new chemistry improves sensitivity, providing up to 50 percent more unique genes per cell at sequencing depth of 20,000 reads per cell. It is available for all kit sizes.

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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.