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Promega and Applied Biosystems

Promega has released the Maxwell 16 System, a DNA-purification system that can run up to 16 samples simultaneously in about 30 minutes. The system supports DNA-based tests performed by clinical labs, including sample preparation for human transplantation donor-matching tests done in HLA labs, the company said.
The system is optimized for DNA purification of up to 400 microliters of blood or 500 microliters of buffy coat and is manufactured under a system certified to ISO13485:2003, the global medical device quality management standard.

Applied Biosystems has released Variant Reporter, a software application that the company claims speeds analysis of genetic variation data. The software reduces manual review time by automating the detection of genetic variants and streamlining the data-analysis process, ABI said. The company said that it expects the software to reduce by up to half the time needed to study genetic variation data in medical sequencing projects.

The Scan

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.