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BioEcho Life Sciences Gets CE-IVD Mark for Viral RNA/DNA Extraction Kit

NEW YORK — BioEcho Life Sciences said on Monday that it has received CE-IVD marking for its EchoLution Viral RNA/DNA Swab Kit.

According to the German company, the kit enables the purification of viral RNA, including SARS-CoV-2 RNA, in five minutes and is compatible with commonly available transport media.

BioEcho, based in Cologne, was founded in 2016 by former Qiagen employees to commercialize a sample prep technology, dubbed reverse chromatography-based nucleic acid purification, in which the separation matrix binds everything except the nucleic acid. The firm had originally been using the technology only for DNA purification but developed an RNA extraction protocol for use with COVID-19 samples when the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic hit Germany.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.