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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.

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.