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Bio-Rad Laboratories Enhanced Exact Diagnostics RP Positive Run Control

Bio-Rad Laboratories has launched an enhanced version of its Exact Diagnostics RP Positive Run Control for syndromic respiratory panels. The new version contains inactivated whole SARS-CoV-2 virus. Intended to monitor the performance of clinical respiratory panel assays, the positive control set now contains a total of 23 respiratory analytes in a single vial and can be used to assess the entire molecular diagnostic process, including extraction, detection, and amplification.

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RNA Editing in Octopuses Seems to Help Acclimation to Shifts in Water Temperature

A paper in Cell reports that octopuses use RNA editing to help them adjust to different water temperatures.

Topical Compound to Block EGFR Inhibitors May Ease Skin Toxicities, Study Finds

A topical treatment described in Science Translational Medicine may limit skin toxicities seen with EGFR inhibitor therapy.

Dozen Genetic Loci Linked to Preeclampsia Risk in New GWAS

An analysis of genome-wide association study data in JAMA Cardiology finds genetic loci linked to preeclampsia that have ties to blood pressure.

Cancer Survival Linked to Mutational Burden in Pan-Cancer Analysis

A pan-cancer paper appearing in JCO Precision Oncology suggests tumor mutation patterns provide clues for predicting cancer survival that are independent of other prognostic factors.