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SynaWorks, Palm PCR

Synamatix of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has launched SynaWorks, a suite of bioinformatics applications tailored to manage and use data generated from a variety of next-generation sequencers. The program contains applications to process, analyze, mine, assemble, and visualize data from experiments such as whole-genome resequencing, transcriptome sequencing, ChIP-seq and de novo genome sequencing. It can handle a variety of data types generated on Roche’s 454 Genome Sequencer FLX, Illumina's Genome Analyzer, and Applied Biosystems’ SOLiD system.

Ahram Biosystems of Seoul said last week that it has completed the development of Palm PCR, a palm-size portable thermocycler. The battery-powered instrument can PCR-amplify products in as little as 15 minutes, according to the company.

The Scan

Taking Stock of the Stockpile

The US and European countries are evaluating their smallpox vaccine stockpiles as the number of monkeypox cases increases, the Washington Post reports.

Vitamin D From Tomatoes

According to Reuters, researchers in the UK have gene-edited tomatoes so their fruit contains vitamin D.

Cause Not Yet Spotted

NPR reports that a new study was unable to find a cause for persistent long COVID symptoms.

PNAS Papers on Central African Hunter-Gatherers, Myopia Development, Ancient Microtia Allele

In PNAS this week: population patterns among Central African hunter gatherers, effect of myopia-linked gene variant, and more.