SciGene this week launched CytoZyme Stabilized Pepsin, an advanced liquid formulation of pepsin for pre-treating tissue samples in nucleic acid probe-based cytogenetic assays.

According to SciGene, CytoZyme is a ready-to-use solution of purified pepsin that can be stored in the refrigerator without loss of activity. The firm sees it as a replacement for dry powder forms of pepsin that "vary in activity" and can "negatively affect test results."

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In PLOS this week: locus linked to non-syndromic hearing loss, phylogenetic relationships of Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates, and more.

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