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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

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.