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New Products: Affymetrix's SensationPlus FFPE Reagent Kit


Affymetrix recently introduced its SensationPlus FFPE Reagent Kit. The new offering relies on RNA amplification and labeling modules to enable gene-expression profiling of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded samples on the firm's GeneChip 3' IVT arrays and Almac Diagnostics' Xcel Array for disease research and retrospective studies.

The SensationPlus FFPE Reagent Kit is an advanced version of technology Affymetrix licensed from Genisphere last year. This technology has since been optimized to overcome the challenges associated with analyzing archived FFPE samples, especially those as old as a decade or more, the company said.

Affy also claimed that the kit generates sufficient target from as little as 20 nanograms of FFPE-derived total RNA for gene-expression profiling applications such as biomarker discovery and validation.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.