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New Products: Soft Genetics' NextGene; BGI Tech's Ultra Deep De Novo; CLC Bio's Microbial Genome

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SoftGenetics has released version 2.3.2 of its NextGene sequencing analysis software. The release includes applications for copy number variant analysis, HLA analysis, as well as a somatic mutation mining tool that can be used with all available sequencing platforms.


BGI Tech has launched Ultra-Deep De Novo, an assembly algorithm that adopts the firm's SOAPdenovo2 assembly software and heterozygous sequence processing algorithm. The tool classifies heterozygous regions within the genome, following ultra-deep sequencing greater than 200-fold coverage.


CLC Bio has launched CLC Microbial Genome Finishing Module, an add-on module to CLC Genomics Workbench. The module includes tools to align and analyze contigs, collect paired reads statistics, create amplicons and primers, add reads to contigs, sample reads and find sequence, reassemble regions, and extend contigs.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.