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Oxford Nanopore Field Sequencing Kit

Oxford Nanopore Technologies has launched a Field Sequencing Kit for sequencing library preparation from genomic DNA that requires no refrigeration. The kit requires 400 nanograms of high molecular weight DNA as input, and generates libraries in 10 minutes using a two-step protocol. A transposase simultaneously cleaves template molecules and attaches tags to their ends. After that, rapid sequencing adapters are added to the tagged ends. The unopened kit is shipped cold and is stable for up to one month at 30° C and up to three months at 2° C to 8° C.

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Rise of B.1.617.2 in the UK

According to the Guardian, UK officials expect the B.1.617.2 variant to soon be the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 there.

Anne Schuchat to Retire

Anne Schuchat is retiring after more than 30 years at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Politico reports.

US to Share More Vaccines

CNN reports that the US will share 20 million doses of the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines with other countries.

PNAS Papers on Gene Therapy Platform, Aspergillus Metabolome, Undernutrition Model Microbiome

In PNAS this week: approach to deliver protein-based treatments to cells, pan-secondary metabolome of Aspergillus, and more.