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They Also Relieve Your Nagging Sports Injury

At Bitesize Bio, Suzanne Kennedy writes about a new tool being used in qPCR -- acupuncture needles. Karl Hasenstein's lab, she says, is using these needles to isolate mRNA from single cells without killing the cells as glass needles do. The stainless steel of the needles also allows for uniform coating of oligodT. "What was really impressive is the kinetics of binding. Data presented showed that within 60 seconds, the amount of RNA captured in the vicinity of the needle reached full saturation," Kennedy says.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.