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New Products: PacBio's MagBead Station; DNAStar's Lasergene


Pacific Biosciences has launched its MagBead Station for the PacBio RS, which enables less input DNA and increases the number of reads between four and 10 kilobases long that are captured with each SMRT cell. With the upgrade, customers will be able to generate 10 kilobase-size libraries using as little as one microgram of sample, according to the company (see related story, this issue).

DNAStar has launched Lasergene 10.1, assembly and analysis software for Sanger and next-generation sequencing. The new release supports automated bacterial genome closure, includes that ability to include phenotypic data in clinical trial genomic data analysis, and enhances to the proteomics component. Additionally, a graphical user interface was added to the SeqNinja application.

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.