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Beckman Coulter Genomics has released its SPRIworks Fragment Library System II, for automated library preparation on Roche's 454 GS FLX. The system can prepare up to 10 DNA libraries in 3.5 hours. The company also has an automated library prep system for the Illumina Genome Analyzer. The product line uses solid phase reversible immobilization paramagnetic bead-based technology, developed by Beckman Coulter.


Epicentre Biotechnologies, which manufactures and sells enzyme-based kits for genomics and transcriptomics research, has released Ribo-Zero rRNA removal kit, which removes ribosomal RNA from human, mouse, or rat total RNA samples for RNA-seq experiments. According to the company, the kit works on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded samples, intact RNA, and partially degraded RNA.


SoftGenetics has released the second version of its data analysis software, NextGENe 2.0. The software is compatible with data from Roche's 454 GS FLX, the Illumina Genome Analyzer, and Life Technologies' SOLiD.

The software includes several new features including improved viewing and filtering capabilities. The new version has a variant confidence scoring tool as well as a variant comparison tool that compares up to 10 patients or samples. It can also remove duplicate reads and has improved alignment and alignment speed, according to the company.

The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.