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Illumina NovaSeq 6000 v1.5 Reagent Kit

Illumina has launched a new NovaSeq 6000 reagent kit that the company said could reduce sequencing costs for a human genome to $600.

The v1.5 kit offers improved quality, with an average Q30 score above 85 percent for read lengths up to 2x150 bp. Additional cycles per kit enables full support for unique molecular identifiers. The kits also double shelf life — up to six months — and are compatible with the new Illumina DNA PCR-Free Prep kit.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.