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SoftGenetics' NextGene Software

SoftGenetics has added a new batch processing tool for copy number variants to the most recent iteration of its NextGene software. According to the company, the new application helps labs realize the benefits of next-generation sequencing while achieving the sensitivity and specificity of traditional multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification methodologies. The tool calculates the pileup coverage at each position in targeted panels and normalizes them by a constant value in each sample. It reports the normalized values in tables and in interactive visualizations.  

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.