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New Products: SciGene's Hyb-Ice Thermal Profiling System

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SciGene this week launched its Hyb-Ice Thermal Profiling System, which it is claims is a "affordable and flexible alternative" to standard thermal cyclers on the market for temperature profiling.

The new system has a list price of $2,550 and consists of a programmable heating-cooling base and removable block that heat and cool samples from 4 °C to 99 °C. The system accommodates a variety of quick-change blocks to fit nearly any tube or plate, according to SciGene. A non-contact heated lid controls condensation and programs can be stored or run via an onboard USB drive, the company said.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.