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New Product Watch: Nov 3, 2009

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Akonni Biosystems this week launched TruTip, a tool for extracting DNA and RNA from samples with volumes ranging from 100 µl to 1000 µl or more.

Akonni's TruTip uses a nucleic acid-binding matrix that is inserted into most standard pipette tips, including those used by electronic pipettes and liquid-handling robotic devices. By passing sample back and forth across the binding matrix, the TruTip delivers inhibitor-free, PCR-ready nucleic acid from a variety of sample types, the firm said.

The TruTip product line currently includes kits for genomic DNA, microbial DNA, and RNA extraction from a variety of sample sources. Akonni recommends the TruTip nucleic acid extraction approach for use with its TruDx microarray platform.


NuGen Technologies this week launched the Applause 3'-Amplification System, a single-tube approach for preparing RNA samples for microarray gene expression studies.

Using its linear Ribo-SPIA single primer isothermal amplification technology, NuGen now offers amplification for the Affymetrix GeneChip 3' expression arrays, the firm 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.