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Agilent Magnis NGS Prep System

Agilent has launched the Magnis NGS Prep System, a fully automated next-generation sequencing library preparation system. The firm has designed the platform to help researchers easily assay multiple genes and complex genetic aberrations from genomic DNA, including degraded samples such as formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded specimens, Agilent said. The system comes with pre-aliquoted reagents and pre-set protocols, and is fully compatible with Agilent's SureSelect [XT HS] library prep workflow. The system can provide reproducible results with a one-day turnaround time, Agilent noted.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.