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Azco Biotech has released its MaxSeq sequencing machine, designed by Intelligent BioSystems and based on sequencing-by-synthesis chemistry. The machine has a throughput of 100 gigabases, includes 8-lane flow cells and has kits for read lengths of 35 base pairs and 55 base pairs. It employs both Polony and Rolony library construction protocols, and can be used for genome sequencing, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, and targeted sequencing.


SoftGenetics has released the latest version of its Mutation Surveyor software to analyze variants from Sanger sequencing reads. The new version includes a new alignment method to reduce false positives and enable it to handle noisy data. Additionally, it can now accept mitochondrial forensic nomenclatures of indels, include exon information in references files, report accession numbers, and align sequences across circular genomes.

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.