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Sage Science SageHLS Platform

Sage Science has launched SageHLS, a platform designed to extract and purify extremely large DNA fragments directly from bacterial and tissue cultures, blood samples, or other cell sources. SageHLS can purify DNA into fragments ranging from 50 kilobases to 2 megabases, providing the long fragments needed for resolving haplotypes, structural variants, and other large or linkled genomic elements. For most samples, SageHLS can recover at least a microgram of DNA, a sufficient volume for common genome applications. Users can currently perform traditional library prep after purification on the platform, but later versions will directly incorporate this step for a more streamlined workflow, Sage Science said.

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.