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Microfluidic Systems to Use ABI Assays in Bioagent Detector

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Microfluidic Systems yesterday said that it will use Applied Biosystems’ TaqMan assays in its Bioagent Autonomous Networked Detector for airborne pathogens.
Microfluidic Systems said that ABI will manufacture the assays, which can be used for detecting harmful pathogens. It noted that ABI’s TaqMan assays have provided more than 5.2 million anthrax screening tests through ongoing mail-screening applications.
The US Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate has been funding development of BAND for the past three years. The goal of the program is to monitor air quality in cities or large regions for biosecurity threats, such as anthrax, plague, and smallpox.
Under a separate agreement also announced today, the Hamilton Sundstrand unit of United Technologies will provide design for manufacturing, pilot production, high-volume manufacturing, and product support of the BAND system.

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.