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BGI, Diagenode Implementing Standards in Epigenetics, NGS Sample Prep

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – BGI and Diagenode are collaborating to implement standard methods in epigenetics and next-generation sequencing sample preparation.

Under a deal announced today, Diagenode will provide BGI early access to its new developments in chromatin or DNA methylation analysis methods and tools. Diagenode is working to improve consistency and precision of enrichment assays — such as ChIP, methylated DNA immunoprecipitation, methyl-binding domain capture, bisulfite conversion, and DNA fragmentation — prior to sequencing.

Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

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NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.