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Twist Bioscience: Library Preparation Enzymatic Fragmentation Kit 2.0

Twist Bioscience has launched a new library preparation kit featuring enzymatic fragmentation for targeted next-generation sequencing applications.

The Twist Library Preparation Enzymatic Fragmentation Kit 2.0 is designed to generate more accurate NGS results, even in samples where the input is limited or heavily degraded. The single-tube reaction features a new amplification mix specifically developed for sequencing applications, including liquid biopsy, somatic variant testing, and genome-wide association studies.

The kit can be combined with Twist's target enrichment panels to provide coverage uniformity and avoid over-sequencing of areas outside the target regions.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.