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Product Watch: Nov 11, 2010


IntegenX last week launched its Apollo 324 System, a benchtop robotic workstation that automates the construction of DNA fragment libraries for next-generation sequencing.

The Apollo 324 has an 8-tip pipette head with adjustable magnets and two Peltier heating/cooling units for PCR-type plates, and uses the proprietary BeadX In-Tip magnetic bead capture system to isolate and purify nucleic acids and automate end repair, A-tail addition, adapter ligation, and size selection. It can process from one to eight samples simultaneously, and can prepare eight libraries with amplification-ready products in less than four hours; or up to 24 libraries per day. Customized reagent kits optimize the performance of the system and are priced to significantly reduce the cost per reaction while ensuring accurate and consistent results, IntegenX said.

PrepX reagent kits are currently available for the Illumina Genome Analyzer and HiSeq 2000 next-generation sequencing systems.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.