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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

Panel Votes for COVID-19 Pill

A US Food and Drug Administration panel has voted to support the emergency use authorization of an antiviral pill for COVID-19 from Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, CNN says.

But Not Harm

New Scientist reports that UK bioethicists say that though gene editing may improve food production, it should not harm livestock welfare.

Effectiveness Drop Anticipated

Moderna's Stéphane Bancel predicts that that current SARS-CoV-2 vaccines may be less effective against the Omicron variant, the Financial Times reports.

Cell Studies of Human Chromatin Accessibility, SARS-CoV-2 Variants, Cell Signaling Networks

In Cell this week: chromatin accessibility maps of adult human tissues, modeling to track SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, and more.