Oxford Technologies is releasing "LamPORE", an assay for sequencing the SARS coronavirus 2. The "LamP" in the name means that the method is "isothermal", which in practice means that only a heat block is needed to process the sample instead of an expensive PCR machine. This is one more step forward having virus detection at the "point of care" instead of in laboratories. Even before -19, the industry has been working hard for this in the past decades (for flu, etc.) nanoporetech.com/covid-19/lamp

this article includes a nice informal comparison of #PEPPPT v. #ROBERT approaches for #covid19 tracing apps « France’s Inria and Germany’s Fraunhofer detail their ROBERT contact-tracing protocol » tcrn.ch/2VlI7ja via @techcrunch

Kudos to Li and coll. from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, who submitted to peer review on November 6 2019 an article with a method to reduce the cost of sequencing in bats, where they wrote "Active surveillance is both urgent and essential to predict and mitigate the emergence of bat-origin CoV in humans and livestock." msphere.asm.org/content/5/1/e0

A slipped-CAG DNA-binding small molecule induces trinucleotide-repeat contractions in vivo 

Tagmentation of DNA/RNA hybrids! 

published a column about reading or replying to on weekends (nature.com/articles/d41586-020). In the past years, I started to follow a policy of not sending emails outside business hours (although this gives challenges for intercontinental communications). If I write a reply on weekends, I wait for Monday morning before sending it.

Another step forward of molecules: Cardozo and colls., from the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington; preprint on in 2019: biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/83

In PNAS today: « A scalable pipeline for designing reconfigurable organisms ». 

You live in and want to know about studying at , the Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University? Join the "OIST Café" tomorrow Saturday at 14h, in the . groups.oist.jp/grad/event/oist

Press releases should report scientific results in a humble way: a reminder in the journal EMBO reports. embopress.org/doi/full/10.1525

Our latest work on the in animals is now on-line in . In brief, we checked that the genetic code already described in ascidian mitochondria could be the same as for the last common ancestor of all tunicates, and found that in a subset of tunicates, the genetic code of mitochondria might have evolved later. biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/86

I often heard that Python is great because in this language, “there is only one way to do it”, which means more readable etc. So I am trying to learn it. Today I read the changelog of Python 3.8, and found the walrus operator and the equal specifier for f-strings, and I feel at home like in the good old days with Perl :)

Biodegradation of waste PET: A sustainable solution for dealing with plastic pollution. 

Ranting again on about authors who publish improvements of our method that are very similar to some of our own improvements that we already published to years ago, without giving us proper credit. pubpeer.com/publications/35AD2

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