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New Product Watch: Feb 8, 2011

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Oxford Gene Technology this week launched high-throughput genomic DNA labeling kits and sample tracking spike-ins for use with its CytoSure array comparative genomic hybridization products.

The new CytoSure HT Genomic DNA Labeling Kit enables users to simultaneously label up to 96 samples using a 96-well plate format. The kit maximizes signal-to-noise ratio and reduces sample-to-sample variation, OGT said.

The firm's CytoSure ISCA Sample Tracking Spike-ins can be used to identify any potential sample mix-up during array processing, the firm added.

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And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.