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Roche, Clean Air Labs to Develop, Market RT-PCR-Based Mold-Detection Kit

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Roche Diagnostics and Clean Air Labs plan to develop and market a system that analyzes DNA in air samples to detect molds, Clean Air Labs parent The Chiodo Companies said recently.  
Under the agreement, Chiodo said the tool, called the Roche EMRI qPCR Mold Detection Kit, will incorporate Clean Air Labs’ PCR-analysis technology with Roche’s PCR platform.
Clean Air Inspections, the environmental consulting arm of The Chiodo Companies, will work to shift its customer from "inferior" spore-trap sampling to a sampling methodology “better suited for DNA analysis.”
Clean Air Labs recently licensed the technology, which uses genetic markers from “key species of molds associated with water intrusion,” from the Environmental Protection Agency, Chiodo said.

The Scan

Whale Decline Analysis

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

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Booster Push

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With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

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