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HT-BLIS, Multiple-Deletion Strain 42 Competent Cells

Biotique Systems has launched HT-BLIS, an enterprise-scale informatics environment for integrating, analyzing, and sharing data generated by second-generation sequencing platforms. HT-BLIS allows researchers to process, in real time, data being generated by high-throughput genomic analysis systems such as Applied Biosystems' SOLiD system, Helicos BioSciences' HeliScope sequencer, Illumina's Genome Analyzer, and Roche's Genome Sequencer FLX system.

Scarab Genomics has launched Multiple-Deletion Strain 42 competent E. coli cells. The company claims they are the only commercially available competent cells with a completely sequenced and analyzed genome. About 15 percent of nonessential genetic elements have been removed from the genome, improving transformation efficiency and protein expression. 

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.