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Product Watch: Mar 17, 2011


Exiqon this week launched 235 additional pre-validated miRcury LNA Universal RT microRNA qPCR assays for sensitive and specific quantification of miRNAs.

With the launch, Exiqon now offers 1,731 pre-validated qPCR assays for human, mouse, and rat miRNAs. In addition, Exiqon offers custom-designed LNA-enhanced qPCR assays for any miRNA.

Bio-Rad this week introduced CFX Manager 2.0, real-time PCR experiment setup and data-analysis software for use with the company's CFX96, CFX384, and MiniOpticon real-time PCR systems.

Combined with Biogazelle's qbasePlus software, which is included with the CFX96 and CFX384 systems, CFX Manager 2.0 enhances researchers' ability to comply with the emerging standard, minimum information for publication of quantitative real-time PCR experiments, or MIQE.

CFX Manager's terminology is consistent with MIQE guidelines, and data can be exported in the recommended RDML file format for submission with a manuscript or for import into qbasePLUS software.

CFX Manager 2.0 also features Scheduler Streamline experiment setup; Master Mix Calculator, Custom Data View, and Custom Data Export.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.