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New Products: Roche's GS FLX+ Software; Agilent's SureSelect Human All-Exon Kits; More

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Roche has launched new software for its 454 GS FLX+ sequencing system. The new software package, v2.8, improves long-read shotgun sequencing performance by increasing average and modal read lengths.


Agilent Technologies has launched SureSelect Human All-Exon V5 and V5 +UTRs kits for next-generation sequencing. The new kits require 4 gigabases of total sequencing, which the company said represents up to 60 percent less sequencing than competing human exome offerings. Agilent said the kits can also produce exome samples that are ready for sequencing the next day.


DNA Genotek has launched GenoFind Genomic Services, a DNA extraction service that is optimized for oral samples collected with DNA Genotek's Oragene products.


IntegenX has launched a directional mRNA library preparation kit for next-generation sequencing. The kit runs on the company's Apollo 324 system for automated library prep and requires 500 picograms of starting mRNA. The kit is compatible with Illumina, Life Technologies' Ion Torrent, and Roche's 454 sequencers.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.