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Loop Genomics SARS-CoV-2 Long-Read Sequencing Service

Loop Genomics has launched a service for sequencing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, using long amplicons and synthetic long reads linked by universal molecular identifiers.

The service provides reads averaging 6 kb to 7 kb using only Illumina's short-read next-generation sequencing platform. The SARS-CoV-2 has a genome of approximately 30 kb. Along with consensus error correction, the technology allows researchers to characterize highly similar strains that have mutations thousands of bases apart.

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.