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New England Biolabs NEBNext DNA Repair Mix

New England Biolabs has introduced the NEBNext DNA Repair Mix, a cocktail of DNA repair enzymes designed to help repair and sequence DNA from archival formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue samples. The repaired DNA is compatible with any dosntream application or sequencing platform, NEB said. Together with its NEBNext line of next-generation sequencing library preparation reagents, NEB now offers a complete solution for preparing DNA from FFPE samples for sequencing on both the Illumina and Ion Torrent sequencing platforms, the company added.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.