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NuGen Technologies Ovation SoLo RNA-Seq System

NuGen Technologies has launched the Ovation SoLo RNA-Seq system for whole-transcriptome analysis directly from cells or using isolated RNA. The system features an improved method for depleting ribosomal RNA by more than 90 percent; efficient cDNA generation from ultra-low inputs; and the ability to unambiguously identify PCR duplicates, the company said. The kit is expected to facilitate research in areas such as blood-borne biomarkers, cellular heterogeneity, and single-cell transcriptomics.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.