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New England Biolabs NEBNext Ultra II RNA Library Prep Kits

New England Biolabs has launched an expansion of its NEBNext Ultra II NGS library preparation portfolio with the NEBNext Ultra II Directional RNA Library Prep kit and the non-directional NEBNext Ultra II RNA Library Prep kit. Both kits are designed for Illumina's next generation sequencing systems and are compatible with poly(A) mRNA isolation and ribosomal RNA depletion. Libraries can be constructed from a substantially broader input range (5 ng to 1 µg of total RNA) at high yields. They also use workflows that include new reagents, combined steps, and minimized cleanup steps.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.