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New Products: Apr 6, 2010


A new version of the Bowtie short-read assembler is available for download here. In version 0.12.4, periods in read sequences are now treated as Ns instead of ignored and several issues have been fixed.

The Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad has launched a human genome
bioinformatics service that is priced at $4,000. The service includes pre-processing of 30X sequence data from Illumina’s Genome Analyzer or Complete Genomics’ sequencing platform, followed by mapping and reporting of copy number variants, SNPs, and indels. In addition, customers can request structural variation and comparative genomics analyses. Along with its service, MGRC has released a new genome browser that has been optimized to handle next-generation sequencing data.

The new service is part of MGRC’s SynaWorks program, a suite of bioinformatics solutions tailored to manage data generated from next-generation sequencers.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.