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Mikrogen T-Track SARS-CoV-2 Assay

Mikrogen, a Neuried, Germany-based developer of genetically manufactured in vitro diagnostics, has introduced its research-use-only T-Track SARS-CoV-2 assay to determine T-cell-mediated immune responses. The new RT-qPCR assays detect the mRNA expression of several specific marker cytokines simultaneously. The assays require about 3 ml of heparin blood/patient, are conducive to partial automation and intermediate storage of samples, and have shown a high sensitivity in the early infection phase, the company said.

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Foxtail Millet Pangenome, Graph-Based Reference Genome

Researchers in Nature Genetics described their generation of a foxtail millet pangenome, which they say can help in crop trait improvement.

Protein Length Distribution Consistent Across Species

An analysis in Genome Biology compares the lengths of proteins across more than 2,300 species, finding similar length distributions.

Novel Genetic Loci Linked to Insulin Resistance in New Study

A team reports in Nature Genetics that it used glucose challenge test data to home in on candidate genes involved in GLUT4 expression or trafficking.

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.