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New Products: Ambry's MiSeq Services; New Cufflinks Release; Ion Torrent Datasets

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Ambry Genetics is now offering sequencing services on Illumina's MiSeq instrument. It offers both single- and paired-end sequencing with 50-base pair or 100-base pair reads, as well as indexing and barcoding.


Cufflinks version 1.3.0 is now available here. The new release improves the accuracy of Cuffdiff's isoform switching tests and fixes several bugs to Cuffmerge and Cufflinks' pre-assembly alignment filters.


Ion Torrent has released its next round of benchmark data for the Life Grand Challenges competition, which will award $1 million to participants that beat company metrics by two-fold in any one of three categories: accuracy, sample preparation, and base yield.

The latest dataset from the sequencing of an Escherichia coli strain, available here, was generated with the 318 chip. The company generated 1.27 gigabases of data, achieving an average read length of 241 base pairs and Q20 reads as long as 318 base pairs. To win, participants must generate 2.54 megabases of data, reduce sample prep time from six hours to four hours, or increase accuracy rate from 99 percent to 99.5 percent. The 318 chip must be used.

The Scan

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.