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Loop Genomics Long Read Microbiome Sequencing Service

Loop Genomics has launched a new service for linked read microbiome sequencing for studies with large cohorts. For labs running at least 200 to 1,000 samples, Loop is offering 16S sequencing at a price between $38 and $20 per sample, depending on volume. Loop generates long reads using Illumina's short-read sequencing platform. The firm said it can deliver 40-fold lower error rates and can eliminate false positives, delivering species- and sometimes strain- level taxonomy.

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.