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Product Watch: Jan 13, 2011

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Life Technologies said this week that it has launched a real-time PCR-based detection kit to test for Salmonella enteritidis in poultry eggs.

Life Tech said that the test provides an approximate 10-fold reduction in waiting time for results compared to current methods. The company developed the test in collaboration with Shelley Rankin of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in response a recent finding by the US Food and Drug Administration that the TaqMan-based kit is equivalent in accuracy, sensitivity, and precision to methods described in the FDA's Bacteriological Analytical Manual, December 2007 edition.

Whereas current testing methods can take up to 10 days to complete, the Life Tech kit can provide accurate results in about 27 hours, the company said.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.