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Roche has globally launched the GS Junior, a benchtop sequencing platform developed by its 454 Life Sciences unit.

The system, which is the size of a typical desktop laser printer, is able to sequence more than 35 megabases of DNA in a 10-hour run, with average read lengths of about 400 base pairs. It includes a suite of data analysis software for scientists with little experience in DNA sequencing and bioinformatics, with tools for de novo genome and transcriptome assembly and mapping, as well as amplicon variant analysis for the identification of rare variants in targeted sequencing studies.

Roche first disclosed details about the new instrument in December (IS 12/1/2009).

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Support for Moderna Booster

An FDA advisory committee supports authorizing a booster for Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, CNN reports.

Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more