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BD Biosciences of Billerica, Mass., announced the launch of its BD Pin Tool. The new pin tool fastens to 96- or 384-well fluid handlers, like a standard set of pipette tips. According to the firm, the new product allows for rapid and reliable transfer of both microliter and nanoliter quantites without requiring an intermediate dilution step.


CombiMatrix of Newport Beach, Calif., has launched a new CustomArray Core 67 Cancer Array, enabling researchers to screen and monitor 67 genes that have recently been identified as markers of a variety of cancers.


Applied Biosystems of Foster City, Calif., has launched a new version of its freely available SNPBrowser Software tool, which includes data on 20 million genotypes obtained from 160,000 SNPs typed on 180 individuals across four populations.

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Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.