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NanoString Technologies has released the nCounter mouse miRNA expression assay kit, a multiplexed assay for profiling the mouse miRNA transcriptome.

The kit allows researchers to perform "direct digital detection and counting of miRNAs at single-base resolution, without the need for amplification," the company said, and to perform "multiplexed profiling of more than 600 murine and murine-associated viral miRNAs in a single tube, with specificity and sensitivity comparable to qPCR."


Exiqon has introduced the third generation of its miRcury LNA microRNA labeling kit.

Called Hi-Power, the kit allows for the labeling of miRNAs for downstream hybridization to miRNA arrays and increases signal intensity of the labeling up to two fold.

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.