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Agilent Technologies has released a new version of its SureSelect Human All Exon Kit, which it developed together with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (see article, this issue). The new kit covers about 50 megabases in total, 12 megabases more than the old kit. Protocols for the kit support Illumina end sequencing, paired-end sequencing, and indexing in addition to fragment library format, paired-end sequencing, and barcoding on the SOLiD system. Online customization of the new kit will be available in the near future, according to the company.


Sage Science has released its Pippin Prep DNA size selection system, which automates the collection of DNA fragments for next-generation sequencing library preparation. The system can replace manual gel purification techniques, and it uses a proprietary electrophoretic approach that extracts narrow size distributions from sheared genomic DNA and takes only one to two minutes per sample, the company said.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.