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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

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.