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Product Watch: Mar 31, 2011


WaferGen this week launched the SmartChip human microRNA panel V2 for gene-expression profiling on the SmartChip Real-Time PCR System.

This version of the previously available human miRNA panel enables profiling on a single chip of 1,200 human microRNAs from the new miRBase version 16 sequence database. The panel also includes 12 built-in controls, the company said.

Asuragen has introduced a microRNA biofluids service that offers miRNA isolation and analysis from serum, plasma, cerebral spinal fluid, and urine.

"The ability to perform biomarker analysis from easily accessible and regenerative biofluid samples, in contrast to procuring invasive tissue biopsies, greatly facilitates sample collection and patient recruitment for clinical studies," Asuragen said in a statement.

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.