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Pacific Biosciences Sequel System 6.0

Pacific Biosciences has launched updates to its Sequel sequencing system, including software version 6.0, reagents version 3.0, and SMRT cells 1M v3. Together, these changes, which are part of the Sequel System 6.0 release, result in sequence reads with greater than 99 percent accuracy, throughput of up to 50 gigabases per SMRT cell, and average read lengths of up to 100 kilobases, depending on the insert size, the firm said. For amplicon sequencing and RNA sequencing, customers can generate up to 500,000 reads with single-read accuracy greater than 99 percent. For whole-genome sequencing, customers can generate up to 20 gigabases of data per SMRT cell, with average read lengths of up to 30 kilobases.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.