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Fluidigm has released the Access Array, an integrated fluidic circuit designed to support high-throughput resequencing, targeted enrichment, sample barcoding, and library preparation for sequencing using amplicon tagging.

The Access Array enables users to harvest the sample out of the chip. After the sample processing is completed, the chip returns the sample to the inlets where they can be extracted and placed into a quantitation step for sequencing. Fluidigm said that the array can process 48 samples against 48 primer pairs to provide 2,304 independent reactions at a time.

Fluidigm has launched an early-access program for the Access Arrays. Researchers can submit proposals describing how the new chip will help their sample preparation efforts, and the company will provide free sample prep for 10 of them. Information about the program is available here.


DNA Genotek has launched the Oragene Animal kit for collecting DNA saliva samples from animals. The kit is primarily focused on DNA collection from mid-sized animals such as canines, the company said.

The company said that the non-invasive kit enables painless collection of DNA from saliva, which offers time and cost savings over traditional DNA sample collection methods, such as blood.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

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Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.