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CoreBiome BoosterShot and StrainView Metagenomics Services

CoreBiome has launched services for shotgun metagenomics and strain sequencing for $99. The services enable species and gene profiling for the human microbiome and deep characterization of microbial isolate libraries, according to the company.

The shotgun sequencing service, BoosterShot, has a turnaround time of three weeks from sample receipt to online report and sequences to a depth of 2 million reads per sample. In addition, it has launched StrainView for whole-genome shotgun sequencing of up to thousands of isolated bacterial genomes.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.