As researchers have been running microarray experiments with smaller and smaller amounts of starting material, protocols for preparing and amplifying sufficient RNA have flourished.

Earlier this month, for example, NuGen Technologies launched a new RNA amplification and labeling kit, called Ovation Biotin System, which its says requires only five nanograms of RNA as starting material. Affymetrix, Ambion, Arcturus, and others also offer RNA amplification tools.

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University of California, San Diego, researchers have developed a gene drive to control a fruit-destroying fly.

A new study of a β-thalassemia gene therapy appears promising, according to NPR.

Futurism writes that gene doping could be the next generation of cheating in sports.

In Nature this week: hair color genes, hybridization between 13-year and 17-year cicadas, and more.

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