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AutoGen Xtract 16+

AutoGen has launched its Xtract 16+ system, which it said provides fast and high-quality DNA or RNA from molecular diagnostic, biological, clinical, and forensic sample types. According to AutoGen, the instrument can simultaneously process between 1-16 samples. The Xtract 16+ also provides full traceability of kits and samples through real-time, app-based monitoring, which automatically generates reports for LIS/LIMS. 

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.