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Rubicon Genomics has launched PicoPlex NGS, a sample-prep kit for single-cell sequencing on the Illumina platforms (see story, this issue). The kit is based on a technology called thermal cycle library formation, which allows researchers to create multiple copies of a library from one template strand, according to the company. The kits cost $2,000 each and include reagents for 10 reactions. Library preparation will take less than three hours, according to the company.


Source BioScience has opened a new facility in Berlin, from which it will offer a DNA sequencing service. The new facility adds to the Nottingham, UK-based company's existing operations in London, Cambridge, and Oxford, and Dublin.

Source BioScience has also launched the SpeedRead DNA sequencing service, an automated delivery system that provides results within three hours of sample receipt, according to the company.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.