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

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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

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.