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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

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.