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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

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.