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GATC Biotech INVIEW Microbiome High Specificity

GATC Biotech has released a next-generation sequencing product for scientists exploring microbial diversity. The new INVIEW Microbiome High Specificity approach is based on sequencing of the approximately 1,500-base-pair 16S rRNA gene using the PacBio RS II system, and enables the characterization of microbial communities of any complexity down to the species level. High-quality, ultra-long reads can be generated from 16S rRNA amplicons, allowing for phylogenetic characterization and semi-quantification of microbial communities with high resolution, sensitivity, and reliability, GATC Biotech said.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.