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Product Watch: Sep 9, 2010

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New England Biolabs this week expanded its line of sample preparation reagents for next-generation sequencing with the introduction of NEBNext mRNA Sample Prep Reagent Set 1 and Master Mix Set 1.

The new products include enzymes, buffers, and protocols for converting purified mRNA to DNA, followed by library construction, New England Biolabs said.

The reagents are suitable for non-directional mRNA library preparation for Illumina sequencing using the GAIIx, GAlle, and HiSeq 2000 instruments; as well as for preparing expression libraries.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.