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New England Biolabs NEBNext Direct Genotyping Solution

New England Biolabs has launched the NEBNext Direct Genotyping Solution, a capture-based approach for high-throughput genotyping in ag-bio applications. The new kit, for use with next-generation sequencing, uses highly multiplexed, capture-based enrichment to deliver automatable genotyping in a single day. The product can be used with 100 to 5,000 markers, features pre-capture multiplexing of up to 96 samples, and allows for more than 3.8 million genotypes in a single Illumina sequencing run.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.