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Battelle ExactID Version 2.0

Battelle has launched ExactID version 2.0, which allows forensic analysts using Battelle's ExactID next-generation sequencing system to pull more information out of challenging DNA samples. This version adds new mitochondrial DNA analysis options that provide greater utility for forensic investigators dealing with degraded DNA samples or very limited DNA samples, such as a single hair follicle. ExactID 2.0 also incorporates MicroHap marker analysis that provides more accurate results than is possible with SNP markers in mixed DNA samples. The new version also includes an updated user interface and display. 

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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.