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NanoString nCounter Stem Cell Characterization Panel

NanoString has launched the nCounter Stem Cell Characterization Panel for the analysis and optimization of stem cell lines used in the development of novel therapeutics. The 770-gene panel is available for humans and mice, and was designed at NanoString with input from leading stem cell experts. The panel measures eight essential components of stem cell biology and provides a standardized assay for evaluating factors that influence and determine viability, functionality, and pluripotency, NanoString said.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.