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Integrated DNA Technologies xGen Exome Research Panel v2

Integrated DNA Technologies has launched the xGen Exome Research Panel v2. The next-generation sequencing panel offers improved on-target rates and uniformityincreased sample coverage, updated content, and enhanced performance. The retail price is $8 per sample, which IDT said is a reduction of more than 50 percent compared to the previous version. Each of the panel's 415,115 probes are individually synthesized on IDT's newest platform, Gemini, and manufactured for one large synthesis lot to ensure reproducible results and avoid lot-to-lot revalidations. Potential applications for the assays include population studies, rare disease research, and oncology, IDT said.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.