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CLC Bio has released version 3.6 of its CLC Genomics Workbench desktop application and version 1.6 of its CLC Genomics Server enterprise platform. The new versions offer better support for digital gene expression analysis. In addition, CLC Genomics Workbench offers expanded chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing analysis capabilities, as well as several other improvements.


DNAStar has launched a new version of its NGen next-generation sequence assembly software. NGen 2.0 has increased capacity for reference-guided or de novo assemblies using the company's Lasergene software. It can also be used to assemble data for RNA-seq projects run using the firm's ArrayStar gene expression software platform. It also offers a new networking capability. The company said it has used the software to assemble reference genomes up to 250 megabases in length on a desktop computer.


Eurofins MWG Operon has launched its PCReady primer design and manufacturing service in its American markets. Its American customers can now design primers 15 to 29 bases in length using the company's primer design tool and order them online for a price of $4.90 per PCReady primer, regardless of length.


Rubicon Genomics has introduced its PicoPlex single cell whole-genome amplification kit for pre-implantation genetic diagnostics and stem cell and cancer cell research, including sequencing analysis. The company claims that the kit is a more rapid, accurate, and reproducible method for amplifying single genomes than current technologies that use molecular displacement amplification. The kit amplifies total DNA a million-fold from single cells to produce five micrograms of amplified DNA in less than three hours, according to Rubicon.

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

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

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.