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Data-management company IBDS has launched Omics Workbench, a platform for analyzing next-generation sequence data. The web-based workbench analyzes gene expression data and copy number variation from both next-gen sequencers and microarrays. For analyzing next-gen sequence data, the workbench focuses on highlighting genetic variants between cohort groups and providing supporting annotation, according to the company.

GE Healthcare
has launched ExoStar for the enzymatic removal of unincorporated primers and nucleotides from PCR and sequencing reactions. The kit contains two enzymes — exonuclease 1 and alkaline phosphatase — that are designed to work together and digest primers without degrading target PCR products, according to the company.
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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.