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New Products: PacBio's SMRT Analysis 1.4

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Pacific Biosciences has launched SMRT Analysis 1.4, a software upgrade that provides higher quality genome assemblies. It will be available for download on Jan. 31. The upgrade includes a new hierarchical de novo assembly process, HGap, which allows users to assemble microbial and fungal genomes using only PacBio long reads, and also incorporates a multi-read consensus algorithm dubbed Quiver.

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Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

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Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.