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GenScript Monkeypox PCR Kit

GenScript USA, a subsidiary of GenScript Biotech Corporation, has launched a monkeypox assay kit. The qualitative PCR test amplifies two conserved genetic regions of the monkeypox virus, with pseudovirus validation control available separately. It can be ordered by diagnostic labs and medical device distributors to be used in research for the detection of the monkeypox virus. The test kit has also obtained the CE mark for IVD use in the European Union.

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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.