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Illumina, National Center for Biotechnology Information

Illumina has launched its BeadXpress system, a multiplexing assay system based on the company’s VeraCode digital microbead technology. The BeadXpress offers a two-color laser detection capability that Illumina said is “ideally suited for low- to mid-multiplex experiments.”
Researchers can use the system to assay tens to hundreds of analytes in a single sample at one time in application areas including biomarker research and validation, pharmaceutical development, industrial testing, agriculture, clinical research, and the development of molecular diagnostic assays, Illumina said.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released an updated version of UniVec, a non-redundant database of vector sequences. New sequences include 84 complete vector sequences and 36 adaptor, primer, and multiple-cloning site sequences.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.