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AMSBIO MagSi-NGSPREP Plus and MagSi-DT Removal

AMSBIO has launched two new products to its MagSi range of magnetic bead-based products: MagSi-NGSPREP Plus and MagSi-DT Removal. The MagSi-NGSPREP Plus kit uses proprietary protocol DNA fragments that are bound directly onto the surface of the magnetic beads, leaving contaminants in solution, for library preparation. The MagSi-DT Removal kit provides a convenient tool for ultra-fast and efficient purification of Dye-Terminator sequencing reactions and removal of unincorporated Dye Terminators and salts. It uses a simple three step protocol and it can be used directly in the thermal cycling plate, the company said. The kit can be used manually or on automated workstations using 96- and 384-well PCR plates. The new kits are 100 percent compatible with existing protocols, and will require little or no re-validation, the company said.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.