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New Products: OGT's RNA-Seq Services; Agilent's SureDesign; and More

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Oxford Gene Technology has launched the Genefficiency RNA Sequencing service. The service is customizable, and includes a consultation with a bioinformatician after the data report is delivered.


Agilent Technologies has introduced SureDesign, an online interface to help researchers create customized target enrichment panels for next-generation sequencing. The interface is compatible with all of Agilent's target-enrichment formats, including the HaloPlex and SureSelect systems.


Researchers from the University of Maryland and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have released TopHat 2.0.5 and CummeRbund 2.0.0, respectively. The TopHat release, available here, includes new options to control the read alignment
and to improve mapping accuracy, as well as the ability to resume partial runs.

The CummeRbund release, available here, offers new options and features, fixes bugs, and fully supports Cuffdiff2.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.