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DEPArray OncoSeek Panel And DEPArray LibPrep Kit

Menarini-Silicon Biosystems and Swift Biosciences have collaborated to develop and launch the DEPArray OncoSeek Panel and the DEPArray LibPrep Kit. Both products were developed to prepare and analyze tumor cells derived from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue samples. The LibPrep kit will allow researchers to build complex NGS libraries from a few hundred FFPE cells that contain low amounts of damaged and fragmented DNA, the company said. The OncoSeek panel will allow simultaneous analysis of sequence variants and copy number alterations focused on cancer-associated genes, and employs a streamlined single tube 2-hour reaction, generating reliable ready-to-sequence Illumina-compatible libraries, the company said.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.