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454 Life Sciences, a Roche company, has launched GS FLX Titanium series library paired-end adaptors for whole genome de novo sequencing and assembly. The adaptors allow users to generate 3-kilobase, 8-kilobase, and 20-kilobase paired-end libraries.

The company said that it has also made algorithmic improvements to the GS De Novo Assembler software that has increased its speed and power to process large, more complex genomes.


Strand Life Sciences said last week that it is developing new software for the analysis of next-generation sequencing data. The software, which Strand expects to release at the end of summer, incorporates algorithms optimized to process next-generation sequencing data and focuses on integrating it with downstream biological analysis, the company said. It will support most applications performed on next-generation sequencing platforms. Strand is developing the software on its Avadis platform, a data analysis, visualization, and workflow optimization technology.

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.