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Copan Diagnostics UniVerse

Copan Diagnostics has launched a molecular diagnostics sample processing system called UniVerse that automatically manages accessioning, labeling, vortexing, and aliquoting samples into secondary assay tubes or 96-well plates. UniVerse can automatically decap and process various specimen tubes without the need to remove a swab, process different types of specimens, and can manage different types of secondary assay tubes that are either capped or uncapped. It also interfaces with laboratory information systems.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.