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Roche NimbleGen has selected Ambry Genetics as its first certified service provider for the NimbleGenSeqCap EZ Exome workflow. Ambry will provide target-enrichment services using NimbleGen SeqCap EZ Human Exome to capture all human coding sequence, coupled with next-generation sequencing services for genetic research.

New England Biolabs
has introduced a new line of reagents for sample prep — NEBNext mRNA Sample Prep Reagent Set 1 and Master Mix Set 1.

The new products include enzymes, buffers, and protocols to convert mRNA to DNA, and to then construct the library. The reagents are compatible with non-directional mRNA library prep on the Illumina platforms, and also for the preparation of expression libraries.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have released Myrna, a cloud computing tool for calculating gene expression in large RNA-seq data sets. Myrna uses Bowtie for short-read alignment, and is similar to another cloud-scale genotyping tool, Crossbow.

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.