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Xtrana Wins $400K NIH Grant

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 – Xtrana has received a $400,000 Phase I NIH grant to develop nanofluidic nucleic acid preparation components, the company announced Wednesday.

The work will be done in collaboration with researchers at the University of New Mexico and Sandia National Laboratory.

The research builds on Broomfield, Colo.-based Xtrana’s Xtra Bind non-silica-based nucleic acid extraction technology. The application for the nanofluidic technology is to let users run assay panels for infectious diseases and other agents at the site of sample collection, the company said.

Xtrana develops, manufactures, markets test kits to assess and diagnose disorders of the blood and vascular system.

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.