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SoftGenetics' NextGene Software

SoftGenetics has released a new version of its NextGene software, which is used for analyzing  data from Illumina and Ion Torrent sequencers.

This release includes a new somatic mutation comparison tool, which reduces false positives when performing somatic mutation analysis by up to 70 percent; an HLA analysis module that matches sample reads to a dictionary reference file with allele-specific sequences for targeted HLA genes; and it also includes enhancements to the copy number variation analysis module. Other updates include a new user management module and a new clinical relevance filter.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

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Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

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