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New Products: PacBio's SMRT Analysis

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Pacific Biosciences has released SMRT Analysis 1.3.3, a software upgrade that enables the detection of base modifications from sequencing data. Customers can now automatically detect common bacterial methylation, including N6-methyladenine, N4-methylcytosine, and Tet-converted 5-methylcytosine. The upgrade also enables methyltransferase recognition motif analysis and integrates the Celera assembler.

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And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.