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Twist Bioscience Comprehensive Viral Research Panel

Twist Bioscience has released the Twist Comprehensive Viral Research Panel, a next-generation sequencing-based, research-use only assay that includes 3,153 viral genomes and enables identification of new and divergent viral species. The product uses over a million unique probes targeting sequences compiled from RefSeq, FluDB, and VIPRdb, representing all viral families containing at least one virus known to infect humans.

The panel covers all viral types: single- and double-stranded DNA and RNA genomes. It detects viral co-infections and can be used for metagenomic surveillance applications in stool samples.

The panel will be bundled with analysis software from One Codex.

The Scan

Vaccine Update Recommended

A US Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster vaccines be updated to target Omicron, CNBC reports.

US to Make More Vaccines for Monkeypox Available

The US is to make nearly 300,000 vaccine doses available in the coming weeks to stem the spread of human monkeypox virus, according to NPR.

Sentence Appealed

The Associated Press reports that Swedish prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to a surgeon once lauded for transplanting synthetic tracheas but then convicted of causing bodily harm.

Genome Biology Papers on COVID-19 Effector Genes, Virtual ChIP-seq, scDART

In Genome Biology this week: proposed COVID-19 effector genes, method to predict transcription factor binding patterns, and more.