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New Products: Lexogen's SENSE Total RNA-seq; Maverix Biomics' Analysis; DNAStar's Lasergene

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Lexogen has launched its SENSE Total RNA-seq Library Prep kit for preparing libraries to sequence total RNA, including non-polyA RNA, on Illumina systems. According to the company, the kit has two major steps: SENSE library generation and library amplification.


Maverix Biomics has added functionality to its RNA-seq pipeline in its Maverix Analytic Platform. The improvements allow scientists to launch Cufflinks and HTSeq/DESeq, in order to compare results side by side.


DNAStar has released Lasergene 12. The new release includes improvements to the sequence alignment tool MegAlignPro, including the MAFFT alignment algorithm, several new analysis and visualization methods, and enhanced phylogenetic tree capability, according to the company.

The Lasergene 12 release also features workflows designed for clinical researchers to analyze gene panels and human exome or whole-genome data.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.