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Eurofins MWG Operon and Genomatix have developed a complete human exome array using the Roche NimbleGen sequence capture platform and are using the array for targeted resequencing services.

According to the companies, the array is more comprehensive than currently commercially available human whole-exome arrays. The array targets 282,363 regions, representing 240,402 exonic regions, as well as splice sites, proximal promoter regions, and microRNAs. It comprises two 2.1M NimbleGen arrays, and the companies use the Illumina GAIIx with 108-base-pair reads for sequencing.


New England Biolabs has launched NEBNext Quick DNA Sample Prep Reagent Set 2 and Master Mix Set 2, which are both suitable for library construction for Roche's 454 GS FLX Titanium and GS Junior instruments. The products contain all necessary enzymes and buffers for fast fragment library preparation, according to the company.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.