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NuGen mRNA-Seq Library Preparation Kit

NuGen Technologies, acquired by Tecan earlier this month, has launched new mRNA-seq library preparation kits integrated with the NuQuant library quantification method. The library quantification method allows researchers to directly measure NGS library molar concentration, or the number of sequenceable molecules in seconds. Researchers can quantify NGS libraries using NuQuant's method on standard fluorometers. 

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.