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New Product Watch: Apr 14, 2009

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Kapa Biosystems has launched its SYBR Fast qPCR Kit. The kit contains a DNA polymerase evolved specifically for real-time PCR that the firm claims yields improvements in signal-to-noise ratio, cycle threshold, linearity, and sensitivity.

The kit’s DNA polymerase and proprietary buffer system also enhances the amplification efficiency of difficult templates, including GC- and AT-rich templates.

According to Kapa, the kits are suited for gene-expression analysis, microarray validation, low-copy gene detection, and gene-knockdown validation.

The Scan

Self-Reported Hearing Loss in Older Adults Begins Very Early in Life, Study Says

A JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery study says polygenic risk scores associated with hearing loss in older adults is also associated with hearing decline in younger groups.

Genome-Wide Analysis Sheds Light on Genetics of ADHD

A genome-wide association study meta-analysis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder appearing in Nature Genetics links 76 genes to risk of having the disorder.

MicroRNA Cotargeting Linked to Lupus

A mouse-based study appearing in BMC Biology implicates two microRNAs with overlapping target sites in lupus.

Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.