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New Products: Enzymatics' SPARK Sample Prep Kits; DNAnexus' Developer Program

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Enzymatics has launched SPARK sample prep kits for Illumina and Life Technologies' Ion Torrent sequencing platforms. The kits incorporate Enzymatics' proprietary room temperature stable library technology and reduce reagent pipetting by 30 percent, according to the company.


DNAnexus has launched its Developer Program, which allows researchers to collaborate and analyze genomic data in a web-based environment. The platform currently includes apps for alignment, annotation, debugging, RNA-seq, and variation calling. Additionally, users can generate their own apps on the platform. SPAdes, a single-cell assembler developed by researchers from St. Petersburg Academic University and Pavel Pevzner, a professor of computer science at the University of California, San Diego, is the first such app.

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.