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NimbleGen Sequence Capture, SOLiD RNA Expression Solution, GQ HTm

Roche NimbleGen has launched its NimbleGen Sequence Capture technology as a service. The technology enables scientists to select targeted regions of the genome for high-throughput sequencing. It can capture up to five million targeted bases from the human or mouse genome. Researchers can target either contiguous or dispersed genomic regions. The company said it plans to make the capture arrays and related reagents and instruments available “soon” to customers worldwide.

Applied Biosystems has launched SOLiD RNA Expression Solution, a new sample preparation kit to prepare RNA for the SOLiD sequencing system. The new kit is currently available through an early-access program.

GenomeQuest has launched a high-throughput module for its sequence search, analysis, and data management platform. The module, GQ HTm, consists of GQ High Throughput Extension, or GQ HTx, and GQ High Throughput Reporting, or GQ HTr.
GQ HTx facilitates “all-against-all” sequence database searches via command-line workflows sent directly to the GenomeQuest server. Users can analyze thousands of sequence queries simultaneously, access aggregated database content, and develop workflows.
GQ HTr organizes, analyzes, and reports results from multiple sequence queries in the GenomeQuest web interface. Results are grouped by query, subject, patent, gene name or organism, and sorted as needed.
Other enhancements include improved keyword searching with word proximity, phrase searching, and “wild card” operator; GQ Gene, a high-resolution gene database for human, rat and mouse genes with associated gene viewer; DrugBank Pro database including info on IND’s; and the availability of GenBank 164 and additional WIPO patents from paper filings.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.