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Takara to Launch $32K Dice RT-PCR System Next Month in Japan

NEW YORK, March 27 (GenomeWeb News) -  Takara Bio said today that it will lauch its Thermal Cycler Dice Real Time System on April 3.


The company said the PCR system will sell for 3.8 million yen ($32,000).


Takara aims to sell 100 units in Japan in the first year and eventually market it abroad.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.