capture-based sequencing Twist Bioscience, Biotia Nab FDA EUA for Hybridization-Based NGS SARS-CoV-2 Assay The hybridization-based test may provide better detection of emerging COVID-19 variants of concern, due to a higher tolerance for probe mismatches than in PCR. Ancient Viking Variola Virus Genomes Shed Light on Evolution of Modern Smallpox Virus Researchers used sequence data from variola virus strains in 11 "Viking Age" individuals from northern Europe to gain new clues about smallpox evolution. 10x Genomics, Collaborators Develop Targeted Single-Cell Gene Expression Methods Premium These hybrid capture-based methods target gene transcripts of interest, which could shrink sequencing costs for some experiments by as much as 90 percent. Twist Bioscience Announces $100M Public Stock Offering The offering of common stock will be the second for Twist this year and the third since the company made its initial public offering in October 2018. Arbor Biosciences, Biosearch Technologies Ink Global Distribution Deal for Ag-Bio NGS Panels The UK's Biosearch Technologies will distribute Arbor Biosciences' myBaits custom, targeted NGS panels to agricultural and seed breeding companies. Jul 3, 2019 Ancient DNA Reveals Pulse of European Ancestry in Iron Age Philistines Mar 14, 2019 Cardiometabolic Risk Epigenetic Variants Emerge From Obesity Study Feb 4, 2019 Ancient Caucasus Populations Profiled Sep 17, 2018 Chromosome Interactions at Promoters Reveal Non-Coding Colorectal Cancer Mutations Sep 10, 2018 Noncoding Structural Variants Highlighted in Integrated Cancer Genome Analysis Mar 15, 2018 Stone Age Moroccan Genomes Reveal Sub-Saharan African, Near Eastern Ancestry Feb 16, 2018 Twist Bioscience Enters NGS Market With Launch of Target Enrichment Products Premium Feb 6, 2018 Sophia Genetics Gains CE-IVD Mark for Leukemia Assay Nov 8, 2017 Complex Early Farmer, Hunter-Gatherer Interactions Identified With Ancient European Samples May 30, 2017 Researchers Successfully Sequence Mitochondrial Genomes from Egyptian Mummies May 8, 2015 Team Characterizing DNA from Ancient Human with Recent Neanderthal Ancestry Aug 31, 2011 Broad Team Adapting Hybrid Selection to Enrich Pathogen DNA in Clinical Samples Premium Jun 29, 2010 Univ. of Washington Team Uses Capture Method to Sequence Breast, Ovarian Cancer Risk Genes Breaking News Children With Autism May Have Underdeveloped Gut Microbiomes, Metagenomic Analysis Finds Kiromic BioPharma Acquires InSilico Solutions Bio-Rad Laboratories, 10x Genomics Settle IP Lawsuits, Sign Global Cross-Licensing Agreement Scope Fluidics Obtains CE Mark for PCR-Based SARS-CoV-2 Panel MeMed COVID-19 Prognostic Test Receives CE Mark ERS Genomics Licenses CRISPR IP to Japan SLC The Scan Dropped Charges The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal. More Kids The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children. PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more. Purnell Choppin Dies Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.