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Covaris 96 OneTUBE-10 Adaptive Focused Acoustics Plate

Covaris has released the 96 OneTUBE-10 AFA Plate, which uses the company's Adaptive Focused Acoustics technology to eliminate mechanical DNA shearing in the next-generation sequencing library prep workflow through end repair, A-tailing, ligation, and SPRI cleanup. OneTUBE-10 is specifically designed for use with Covaris' AFA technology for DNA shearing at volumes of 10 to 50 µL; is compatible with standard heat blocks, magnets, and thermocyclers; and can be used on any liquid-handling platform, the company said.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

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