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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

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.