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Genalice Map 2.4.0

Genalice has released Genalice 2.4.0, the latest iteration of of its software for secondary analysis of next-generation sequencing data. This release includes a new somatic calling module that helps users distinguish between variants found in normal and tumor tissue samples. According to the company, the new module outperforms existing tools such as MuTecT, FreeBayes, and VarScan in terms of both speed and accuracy. Other updates to the software include a tool that lets users create profiles for defined cohorts for targeted cell amplification and suppression as well as a tool for detecting copy number variants.

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.