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New Products: Illumina's BaseSpace and TruSeq Nano

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Illumina has fully launched BaseSpace Apps, which allows customers to purchase Illumina and third-party bioinformatics applications. Included in the launch is BaseSpace iCredits, a way of purchasing apps within BaseSpace, which allows developers to add e-commerce functionality to the apps.

The company has also launched TruSeq Nano DNA sample preparation kit, which enables library preparation from as little as 100 nanograms of DNA input. Both low-throughput and high-throughput versions of the kit are available. The kits can prepare sequencing libraries in less than a day, according to the company.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.