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New Products: BGI's Ion Proton RNA-Seq Service, Lexogen SENSE mRNA-Seq Library Prep Kit Upgrade


BGI has launched an Ion Proton RNA-seq service. Each sequencing run takes four hours, and the results show a high correlation with qPCR and HiSeq platforms. According to the institute, the service can be applied to drug response studies, biomarker detection, agronomic trait research, basic medical research, and drug R&D.

Lexogen has upgraded its SENSE strand-specific mRNA-Seq library prep kit. The kit now includes Magnosphere MS150/OligodT beads from JSR Life Sciences. The poly(A) selection step has become faster and more efficient, reducing the number of PCR cycles needed for library amplification. In addition, the kit contains extra PCR reagents for an additional qPCR to determine the optimal number of PCR cycles.

The Scan

Unwrapping Mummies' Faces

LiveScience reports that Parabon NanoLabs researchers have reconstructed how three Egyptian mummies may have looked.

Study on Hold

The Spectrum 10K study has been put on hold due to a backlash, leading the researchers to conduct consultations with the autism community, Nature News reports.

Others Out There Already

Reuters reports that Sanofi is no longer developing an mRNA-based vaccine for SARS-CoV-2.

PNAS Papers on GWAS False Discovery, PRAMEF2 Role in Tumorigenesis, RNA Virus Reverse Genetics

In PNAS this week: strategy to account for GWAS false-discovery rates, role of PRAMEF2 in cancer development, and more.