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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

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.