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BioGX Pixl qPCR Platform

BioGX has launched the Pixl portable qPCR platform outside of the US. The Pixl instrument is a benchtop four-channel, 16-well, RT-PCR instrument that supports rapid turnaround times for batches of up to 16 samples, providing integrated results interpretation on a device with a compact footprint. It was previously CE-IVD marked.

The Pixl system can be used with BioGX's CE-IVD assays for COVID-19, Group A Strep, and its combo assay for COVID-19, influenza A, and influenza B. Next month, the firm expects to make available research-use assays for monkeypox, syphilis, and a combo assay for varicella-zoster virus, and herpes simplex 1 and 2 viruses.

The Scan

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.