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Whatman, National Cancer Institute, CyBio

Whatman has launched EasiCollect, a new device for buccal cell collection. It incorporates FTA collection media, which protects DNA from environmental and enzymatic damage for long-term room-temperature storage. The device has a new surface to maximize collection of cells and a “unique design” to apply the sample uniformly to the FTA matrix surface.

The first version of the Cancer Genome Atlas Data Portal is now available and can be accessed here, the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute said this week. The portal serves as a storage and data management tool for TCGA data. All genomic characterization, sequencing, and clinical data from TCGA are available from the portal.

CyBio has introduced CyBi-GeneRobots, a product family of systems to automate applications in molecular biology. CyBi-DiluSpro is an 8 channel pipettor suited for many molecular biology applications, such as PCR setup and clean up, as well as sequencing reaction setup and clean up. CyBi-Well vario is a multi-channel pipettor for nucleic acid transfer applications, such as high throughput siRNA screening. CyBi-RoboSpense is an all-purpose pipetting robot with 4 or 8 individually addressable channels for nucleic acid purification, processing, and analysis applications. It is designed for fully automated sample purification and reaction setup and clean up tasks.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.