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GATC Biotech INVIEW Microbiome-HighSpecificity

GATC Biotech has released INVIEW Microbiome-High Specificity, a next-generation sequencing product for scientists exploring microbial diversity. Based on sequencing of the whole 16S rRNA gene, the product enables the characterization of microbial communities of any complexity down to the species level. With a length of about 1,500 base pairs, the full 16S rRNA gene is a perfect candidate for SMRT sequencing with the Pacific Biosciences RS II system housed in GATC Biotech's laboratory. The offering also adds to GATC Biotech's INVIEW portfolio of pre-designed NGS solutions, which includes the INVIEW Microbiome Profiling 2.0 service.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.