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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

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.