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Illumina Nextera DNA Flex

Illumina has launched its Nextera DNA Flex, a whole-genome sequencing library preparation product that eliminates the need for sample prep of whole blood and saliva, and cuts down on steps in the library prep workflow. The new product utilizes On-Bead Tagmentation, which reduces total library prep turnaround time to less than three hours, the firm said. Among the applications for Nextera DNA Flex are sequencing of human or other large or complex genomes, amplicons, and microbial, parasitic, and fungal species, Illumina added.

The Scan

Looking for Omicron

NPR reports that SARS-CoV-2 testing in the US has gotten better but also that some experts say more needs to be done to better track the Omicron variant.

Holmes Alleges Abuse

The Associated Press reports that Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes has testified at her wire fraud trial that her business and romantic partner abused her.

Bit More Diverse, But More to Do

While Black and Hispanic patients are more likely to participate in cancer clinical trials than previously, they are still underrepresented, according to US News & World Report.

PNAS Papers on Yeast Gene Silencing, Zika Virus Inhibition, Immunoglobulin Hypermutation

In PNAS this week: gene silencing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, possible neuroprotective role for SHFL in a mouse model of Zika virus infection, and more.