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UNLV's Biotech Center Survives Brief Power Outage During RT-PCR Runs

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Biotechnology Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, suffered a power outage lasting 36 minutes last month while it was performing real-time PCR runs, quantification, and capillary electrophoresis separation tasks, coordinator Walter Goldstein said this week.
 
Goldstein said a power surge caused by the outage “fried” some of the lab’s computers, but did not damage his lab instruments, among them sequencers made by Applied Biosystems, because the labs had auxiliary power-protection tools installed.
 
The UNLV lab has had a few outages, Goldstein sad, but added that because of the backup protection he has not suffered any instrument damage beyond computer hardware, or any loss of samples.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.