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Product Watch: Jan 13, 2011


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

Sick Newborns Selected for WGS With Automated Pipeline

Researchers successfully prioritized infants with potential Mendelian conditions for whole-genome sequencing or rapid whole-genome sequencing, as they report in Genome Medicine.

Acne-Linked Loci Found Through GWAS Meta-Analysis

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics find new and known acne vulgaris risk loci with a genome-wide association study and meta-analysis, highlighting hair follicle- and metabolic disease-related genes.

Retina Cell Loss Reversed by Prime Editing in Mouse Model of Retinitis Pigmentosa

A team from China turns to prime editing to correct a retinitis pigmentosa-causing mutation in the PDE6b gene in a mouse model of the progressive photoreceptor loss condition in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

CRISPR Screens Reveal Heart Attack-Linked Gene

Researchers in PLOS Genetics have used CRISPR screens to home in on variants associated with coronary artery disease that affect vascular endothelial function.