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New Products: Cofactor Genomics' Bovine Exome Capture Kit; GIS's Opera; Bowtie Updated

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Cofactor Genomics has launched a bovine exome capture kit that will target 46 megabases of the cow genome. The company collaborated with scientists from the US Department of Agriculture to develop the kit, which is based on the Bos taurus assembly from the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Maryland.


The Genome Institute of Singapore has launched Opera, a sequence assembly program for paired-end reads. The algorithm is available for free download here. According to the researchers, the algorithm also comes with a quality guarantee and scales to large datasets.


Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released Bowtie 2.0.0 beta 4, available here. The updated version of the sequence aligning tool contains accuracy improvements and includes fixes for several bugs.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.