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Diagenode D-Plex Small RNA DNBSEQ Kit

Diagenode has launched the D-Plex Small RNA DNBSEQ Kit, a small RNA sequencing product specifically formatted for MGI's DNBSEQ sequencers. The kit is based on a tailing and template switching technology that delivers a ligation-free method for RNA library preparation from small RNA input amounts as low as 10 picograms. The technology also enables detection of diverse and novel transcripts, ensuring realistic representation of the small non-coding RNA transcriptome and avoiding biased miRNA enrichment as with ligation methods, the company said. Furthermore, the kit has been validated for liquid biopsy applications, Diagenode said. The kit is available in a 24-reaction format with two sets of DNBSEQ barcodes available.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.