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Germany's Atlas Biolabs is now a certified service provider for Roche NimbleGen's SeqCap EZ enrichment to prepare genomic DNA for sequencing.

Atlas Biolabs will now be able to offer enrichment services using both Roche's SeqCap EZ Exome kit, as well as its recently launched SeqCap EZ Choice Libraries for enrichment of custom regions of interest in a single test tube. According to the company, the new technology is ideal for targeting disease-associated regions of the genome.


The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has released version 52 of COSMIC, the Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer. The new version includes the curation of four new genes and 16 new fusion pairs, and updates from the International Cancer Genome Consortium and the Cancer Genome Atlas. It also integrates data from the Genomics of Drug Sensitivity in Cancer, a collaborative project between the Sanger Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital. Additionally, 21 new genes have been added to the Cancer Gene Census.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.