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Thermo Fisher Scientific this week announced the addition of its MBP brand ART barrier tips in two new packaging configurations. The ART Reload System combines individually packaged barrier tip reload inserts with space-saving hinged racks, the company said.

This sterile, barrier tip reload system features a "push down" blister tub that clips the inserts securely into the hinged rack without exposure to the environment. The Reload System components use recycled materials to package virgin polypropylene barrier tips.


Promega this week announced the launch of StemElite ID System for human cell line authentication in research applications. The StemElite ID System allows scientists to validate the authenticity and purity of their human cell lines prior to submitting their results for publishing or passing the cell line to another laboratory.

The StemElite ID System incorporates the same short tandem repeat analysis technology as Promega PowerPlex products used for genetic identity by forensics labs. StemElite ID includes ten human loci for human cell line authentication, and a sensitive marker that specifically detects contamination with mouse DNA.

The kit provides all reagents required for co-amplification and three color detection of DNA fragments in a single tube.

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.