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New Products: Illumina's Nextera Exome Kits; BGI's PDXomics

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Illumina has launched its Nextera Exome and Custom Enrichment Kits for sample preparation for next-gen sequencing. The kits require 50 nanograms of starting DNA. The exome kit targets more than 62 megabases of coding regions and untranslated regions, and provides 12-plex pre-enrichment sample pooling.


BGI has developed PDXomics, a filtering tool for cancer sequence data to classify reads of a tumor xenograft from reads from the host. According to BGI, the tool can be used to develop patient-derived xenografts.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.