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WaferGen has launched the SmartChip Human microRNA Panel V2 for gene-expression profiling on its SmartChip Real-Time PCR System.

The panel enables profiling of 1,200 human microRNAs on a single chip, the company said.


Asuragen has introduced a new microRNA biofluids service that offers miRNA isolation and analysis from serum, plasma, cerebral spinal fluid, and urine.

“The ability to perform biomarker analysis from easily accessible and regenerative biofluid samples, in contrast to procuring invasive tissue biopsies, greatly facilitates sample collection and patient recruitment for clinical studies,” the company said.

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.