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New Products: Sage Science's Pippin Link and Pippin Pulse; RefSeq v57

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Sage Science has launched Pippin Link and Pippin Pulse for library prep workflow. Pippin Link is an accessory for Pippin Prep and BluePippin that lets users boost throughput by connecting up to eight instruments and controlling them from a single computer. Pippin Pulse is a pulsed-field electrophoresis power supply for analytical gels. The new tools are designed to be compatible with the company's Pippin line of automated DNA size selection products.


The National Center of Biotechnology Information has released version 57 of RefSeq, available here, via FTP. The release includes genomic, transcript, and protein data as of Jan. 8. It includes 34,158,511 records, 27,834,581 proteins, 3,267,605 RNAs, and sequences from 21,415 different organisms.

The Scan

J&J Booster Support

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted to support a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Los Angeles Times.

To Keep the Cases Moving

The president of the UK Royal College of Pathologists tells the Financial Times that more investment is needed to tackle a backlog of cases.

NAS Expels Archaeologist

Science reports Luis Jaime Castillo Butters' expulsion is the first of an international member from the US National Academy of Sciences.

PLOS Papers on Angelman Syndrome-Like Cases, Salmonella Paratyphi A, SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil

In PLOS this week: exome sequencing analysis of Angelman syndrome-like cases, genetic epidemiology of Salmonella Paratyphi A, and more.