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Charles River Using BioTrove’s OpenArray System in Rodent Pathogen Studies

BioTrove said this week that Charles River Laboratories has purchased an OpenArray system for use in detecting rodent-specific pathogens.
 
Charles River had previously purchased an OpenArray SNP Genotyping system for genetic quality control processes. The firm is designing pathogen panels using OpenArray plates, which can contain between 16 and 3,072 assays and can be loaded with up to 144 samples.
 
“Our new OpenArray system will now enable us to screen samples with custom-designed pathogen panels that utilize our pre-existing fluorogenic PCR technology,” said Kenneth Henderson, director of molecular diagnostics and R&D for Charles River, in a statement.
 
The firm believes its fluorogenic PCR technology is more specific and sensitive than conventional gel-based PCR.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.