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New England Biolabs: Monarch HMW DNA Extraction Kits

New England Biolabs has released two high molecular weight (HMW) DNA extraction kits. Both the Monarch HMW DNA Extraction Kit for Cells & Blood and the Monarch HMW DNA Extraction Kit for Tissue utilize a novel glass bead-based technology that allows for more efficient and cost-effective extraction. They can extract DNA up to several megabases in size from cells, blood, tissue, or bacteria, with workflows that range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes in duration. The extracted DNA can be used in downstream applications such as long-read sequencing, optical mapping, and linked-read genome assembly. The new kits complement the company's Monarch Genomics DNA Purification Kit and can be used alongside its NEBNext Companion Module for Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ligation Sequencing kit.

The Scan

Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

In Genome Research this week: structural variants in craniosynostosis, LINE-1 activity in rhesus macaque brain, and more.