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Bionano Genomics Direct Label and Stain

Bionano Genomics announced today the global launch of its Direct Label and Stain (DLS), a new chemistry for sequencing motif labeling. The kit is a non-destructive labeing chemistry that will improve the firm's Saphyr genome mapping system. Bionano claims that the DLS will also improve sensitivity for all structural variant calls, yielding detection of heterozygous insertions and deletions as small as 500 bp. The DLS kits will allow high-volume users to map a human genome for $500.  

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.