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Bio-Rad Laboratories CFX Opus Deepwell qPCR Detection System

Bio-Rad Laboratories has launched the CFX Opus Deepwell Real-Time PCR Detection System. The system has a 96-well block with reaction volumes of up to 125 microliters. The deeper sample wells of the system are designed for sample pooling, certain sample prep procedures, or other specialized protocols such as food and industrial testing, and human and veterinary pathogen detection that require large sample volumes. The system can multiplex up to five targets simultaneously and supports fluorescence resonance energy transfer applications. The Bio-Rad CFX Opus systems deliver uniform thermal cycling, and software that can be linked to Bio-Rad's platform providing remote setup, instrument monitoring, and cloud data management capabilities.

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Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.