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Epicentre has released its Fail-Safe Probes Real-Time PCR Optimization Kit this week, which allows "fast and easy optimization" of efficiency and specificity in one round of PCR experiments using target-specific probes, the company said in a statement. The kit contains the company's FailSafe Enzyme Blend and a set of 8 PCR 2X PreMixes that "represent a complete range of PCR conditions," Epicentre said. The kit is compatible with "all real-time PCR instrument platforms and types of fluorescently labeled probes," Epicentre added.


BD Biosciences launched its QTaq ROX-free DNA Polymerase Kit for quantitative PCR last week. The kit provides ROX dye separately, allowing users to adjust its concentration or omit it for optimal signal, the company said.


PyroMark ID is a new Biotage system for the identification and resistance typing of microorganisms launched last week. It is "designed to provide real-time sequencing for clinical microbiologists for high-throughput identification of clinically important bacteria, fungi and viruses," the company said in a statement. The system also interrogates SNPs linked to antibiotic resistance, the company added.

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The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.