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NextGene 2.4.2

SoftGenetics has released NextGene 2.4.2. The release features a new batch CNV tool for screening copy number variants, a unique molecular identifier tool for removing duplicate reads from most commercially available chemistries, and templates for analyzing data from the NEBNext Direct Cancer HotSpot panel and the Direct BRCA panel. The software also offers in-read phasing capabilities, tools for sharing reference tracks with various genome builds, and integrated preloaded references with track manager. The software is integrated with SoftGenetics' Geneticist Assistant NGS Workbench.

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