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SoftGenetics has released a version of its NextGene software that includes a new database function to narrow down variants in familial or other comparative sequencing studies. The filtering capability was developed in collaboration with researchers from the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at the National Institutes of Health.

In an application note, the company describes how it used NextGene in a sequencing study of six family members to narrow 278,875 variants down to 26 variants. After excluding dbSNP variants, the number was reduced to four. The software is compatible with Illumina, Roche 454, Life Technologies' SOLiD, and the Ion Torrent PGM platforms.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.