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Product Watch: Exiqon's Species-Specific miRNA qPCR Panels

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Exiqon this week launched microRNA qPCR panels for preclinical toxicology research.

The new Toxicology Focus microRNA PCR panels are optimized to analyze microRNAs present in biofluids such as plasma or urine as a consequence of drug- or stress-induced toxicity. The panels are available for human, rat, monkey, and dog, and hold up to 88 qPCR assays and eight control assays. The panels require sample input of as little as 1 picogram of total RNA without need for pre-amplification.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.