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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.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.