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Pacific Biosciences Sequel IIe System, SMRT Link 10 Software

Pacific Biosciences has launched the Sequel IIe system. This updated version of the Sequel II single-molecule sequencing instrument is optimized to generate the firm's HiFi reads directly. The Sequel IIe eliminates the need for post-processing and can reduce secondary analysis time by up to 70 percent, with up to a 90 percent reduction in file transfer and data storage costs.

PacBio has also added new tools to its SMRT Link software to enable complete workflow integration on Amazon Web Services cloud computing and a new genome assembly analysis application for generating reference-quality de novo assemblies from HiFi reads.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.