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NuProbe VarMap Panels

Houston-based sample preparation firm NuProbe has launched its VarMap targeted next-generation sequencing product line. NuProbe's first target enrichment assays include multi-gene panels for non-small cell lung cancer and melanoma. They require 500x sequencing depth to detect and quantitate tumor-specific mutations at 0.1 percent variant allele frequency. The assays allow for detection of low-abundance tumor-specific mutations to help with therapy selection and minimal residual disease monitoring, the company said.

The Scan

Vaccine Update Recommended

A US Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster vaccines be updated to target Omicron, CNBC reports.

US to Make More Vaccines for Monkeypox Available

The US is to make nearly 300,000 vaccine doses available in the coming weeks to stem the spread of human monkeypox virus, according to NPR.

Sentence Appealed

The Associated Press reports that Swedish prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to a surgeon once lauded for transplanting synthetic tracheas but then convicted of causing bodily harm.

Genome Biology Papers on COVID-19 Effector Genes, Virtual ChIP-seq, scDART

In Genome Biology this week: proposed COVID-19 effector genes, method to predict transcription factor binding patterns, and more.