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Cambio has released its HaloPlex Target Enrichment Kit for next-gen sequencing. According to the company, the kit includes an improved PCR technology that enables millions of PCR reactions in a single tube. The key to the technology is the addition of a selector probe library following fragmentation and denaturing, which guides the targeted fragments to form circular DNA molecules.


DNAStar has released its SeqMan NGen software for the Linux operating system. The software can assemble whole human genomes on a desktop computer in less than a day, and small bacterial genomes in a minute, according to the company.


Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Maryland have released version 1.0.2 of the transcript assembly software Cufflinks here. The new release fixes several bugs and adds a few enhancements.

The Scan

Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.

DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.