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Products & Services: Oct 22, 2009


Exiqon recently introduced the miRcury LNA University RT microRNA PCR line, a new platform for quantitative real-time PCR analysis of miRNAs.

The platform, the company said, includes a universal reverse transcription step, which improves the technology's miRNA expression-profiling sensitivity. It also includes ready-to-use qPCR panels that have been shown to enable accurate and reproducible expression profiling from samples with limited RNA yields such as formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded sections and serum/plasma samples.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.