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Standard BioTools NGS Library Prep for X9 System

Standard BioTools has launched next-generation sequencing library prep functionality on the X9 High-Throughput Genomics System, which uses microfluidics to generate up to 384 sequencing-ready barcoded libraries daily while reducing reagent and plastics use by nearly a hundred-fold relative to traditional plate-based protocols, the company said. Customers can create NGS libraries and assess their quality and quantity in a single workflow ahead of expensive NGS runs, a unified approach that has the potential to catch any errors earlier and ensure that samples will not go to waste, Standard BioTools said.

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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.