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Pacific Biosciences New Polymerase, Software Release

Pacific Biosciences has launched a new polymerase and a new version of its software for its Sequel instrument. The upgrades increase throughput and performance of the Sequel in applications such as de novo assembly, structural variant detection, targeted sequencing, and RNA sequencing. They enable a throughput of 10 gigabases per SMRT cell for long-insert genomic libraries and up to 20 gigabases per SMRT cell for targeted and RNA sequencing applications.

The new release also improves the sensitivity of Iso-Seq, PacBio's RNA sequencing method, while software enhances help simplify the analytics for multiplexed samples, according to the company.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.