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New Products: Bio-Rad's ddPCR Kit; Genalice's Map

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Bio-Rad has launched a ddPCR library quantification kit for Illumina's TruSeq sample preparation protocols. The kit runs on Bio-Rad's QX100 Droplet Digital PCR system and allows researchers to directly measure amplifiable library concentrations. The kit also reduces PCR bias and maximizes the number of usable reads, according to the company.


Genalice is planning to launch Genalice Map, software for processing raw sequence data. According to the company, the software aligns data faster than existing methods at 70 million bases per second, and requires 100 times less storage space.

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Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.