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Diagenode has launched two new models of its Bioruptor sonicator. The digital Bioruptor UCD300 has been optimized for use in next-generation sequencing, and the Bioruptor UCD500 is aimed at high-throughput laboratories.

The Bioruptor can shear up to 48 samples of DNA or chromatin simultaneously, using a proprietary and gentle ultrasound mechanism. The company said that it provides protocols to create DNA library size distributions that fit the specifications of several commercial sequencing vendors.


CLC Bio has released a whole-genome de novo assembler that can assemble genomes of any size on a single workstation and offers a user-friendly graphical user interface. Right now, the software supports data formats from Illumina's GA, Life Tech's SOLiD, Helicos' sequencer, and Sanger sequencing instruments. The company said it will also support data from "third-generation" sequencing technologies in the future.


SoftGenetics has released a new version of its Mutation Surveyor software for variant analysis of Sanger sequencing data. The new version streamlines mutation analysis and provides additional quality-control tools for users. Other additions include simplified standard selection for DNA quantification applications, easier editing of variant calls, and duplication identification in the case of detected indels.

The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.