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Zymo Research Full-Length 16S Sequencing Service

Zymo Research has launched a full-length 16S rRNA gene sequencing service for microbiome analysis. The new service will be performed using the latest sequencing platforms by Pacific Biosciences. By combining PacBio's HiFi sequencing accuracy with Zymo's bias-free sample processing, the company said it is hoping to attract agricultural and environmental customers with high-volume samples as well as researchers conducting clinical and academic studies.

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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.