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Swift Biosciences Accel Amplicon CFTR Panel and Accel-NGS XL Library Prep Kit

Swift Biosciences has launched the Accel Amplicon CFTR panel, which detects a wide range of variants and mutants in all exonic and select intronic regions of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) gene. It produces sequence libraries in two hours, allows the user to process three to four times more libraries per day, and requires as little as 10 nanograms of sample input from either whole blood, dried blood spots, saliva, or buccal swabs.

The company has also launched the Accel-NGS XL Library Prep kit, which optimizes library preparation, particularly for the PacBio's Single Molecule, Real-Time SMRT sequencing. The kit provides longer sequencing reads with a single-tube workflow.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.