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Qiagen, SoftGenetics, Sigma-Aldrich

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Qiagen has launched QIAcube, a platform that automates the company’s consumable products. The platform includes more than 100 protocols for DNA, RNA, and protein sample processing, and can handle up to 12 samples per run.
 

 
SoftGenetics has released jelMarker, a software tool for converting slab gel TIFF, BIP, JPEG, and TXT files into a standard format for importing electrophoresis data into its GeneMarker software. The company said that it developed jelMarker “in response to the growing demand for software that can analyze fluorescence, chemiluminescence and autoradiography gel image files.”
 

 
Sigma-Aldrich has launched the GenomePlex Tissue Whole Genome Amplification kit. The kit includes all of the reagents needed for extraction and whole-genome amplification from as little as 0.1 mg of fresh, frozen, or formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue. It can be used in a broad number of applications, including QPCR, microsatellite analysis, SNP analysis, comparative genomic hybridization, microarrays, and other genotyping analysis.

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.