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Bio-Rad Laboratories PREvalence ddPCR SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Quantification Kit

Bio-Rad Laboratories has launched a kit to detect and quantify SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater using the firm's QX200, QX200 AutoDG, or QX One Droplet Digital PCR Systems. The PREvalence ddPCR SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Quantification Kit is provided with all of the reagents needed to detect the virus in wastewater, including sufficient reagents for 200 reactions and software for automated analysis. The kit detects the N2 and E genes of SARS-CoV-2 as well as a matrix recovery control, all in a single well. The turnaround time from sample to answer using the kit is approximately eight hours. 

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.