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Meridian Bioscience Air-Dryable Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood Mix

Meridian Bioscience launched its Air-Dryable Direct RNA/DNA qPCR Blood Mix, a master mix for developing room-temperature stable molecular diagnostic tests that directly amplify RNA from crude whole blood, serum, or plasma. The mix eliminates the need for an extraction step in a qPCR test by using specialized enzymes and an advanced buffer formulation pre-optimized specifically for whole blood, serum, and plasma. It was designed to be compatible with air-drying in an oven while maintaining the highest activity and sensitivity, bypassing the costs associated with cold storage or lyophilization, Meridian said.

The Scan

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.

Australian Survey Points to Public Support for Genetic Risk Disclosure in Relatives of At-Risk Individuals

A survey in the European Journal of Human Genetics suggests most adult Australians are in favor of finding out if a relative tests positive for a medically actionable genetic variant.

Study Links Evolution of Stony Coral Skeleton to Bicarbonate Transporter Gene

A PNAS paper focuses on a skeleton-related bicarbonate transporter gene introduced to stony coral ancestors by tandem duplication.

Hormone-Based Gene Therapy to Sterilize Domestic Cat

A new paper in Nature Communication suggests that gene therapy could be a safer alternative to spaying domestic cats.