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Epicentre Biotechnologies has launched the ScriptSeq mRNA-seq library preparation kit, which is compatible with Illumina sequencing platforms. The kits uses a terminal-tagging technology that simplifies strand-specific tagging and preparing directional mRNA-seq libraries from as little as 50 nanograms of rRNA-depleted or poly(A)-RNA. According to the company, adaptor-tagged libraries can be produced in about three hours, and the protocol involves no end-repair, adaptor ligations, cDNA shearing, or gel electrophoresis.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.