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BD Biosciences BD Pin Tool

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BD Biosciences has launched the BD Pin Tool as part of its discovery labware offerings. BD said that the product offers the reusable dispensing performance of a pin tool with the programming convenience of standard pipette tips. The Pin Tool fastens to any 96- or 384-well fluid handler, like a standard set of pipette tips. The company said the tool allows researchers to transfer microliter and nanoliter quantities “on the fly,” without requiring an intermediate dilution step.

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Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.

Family Genetic Risk Score Linked to Diagnostic Trajectory in Psychiatric Disorders

Researchers in JAMA Psychiatry find ties between high or low family genetic risk scores and diagnostic stability or change in four major psychiatric disorders over time.

Study Questions Existence of Fetal Microbiome

A study appearing in Nature this week suggests that the reported fetal microbiome might be the result of sample contamination.

Fruit Fly Study Explores Gut Microbiome Effects on Circadian Rhythm

With gut microbiome and gene expression experiments, researchers in PNAS see signs that the microbiome contributes to circadian rhythm synchronicity and stability in fruit flies.