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SoftGenetics has added a paired-read mapper to its NextGene next-generation sequence analysis software. According to the company, the new alignment algorithm significantly reduces false positive rates of mapping short-read paired-end and mate-pair sequences from the Applied Biosystems SOLiD, Illumina Genome Analyzer, and Roche/454 GS FLX, by pairing the reads prior to mapping them.


Epicentre has launched QuickExtract, a new bacterial DNA extraction kit for gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. The kit, which includes Ready-Lyse lysozyme, can be used to isolate DNA for PCR, restriction digests, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, and optical mapping.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.