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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

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.