Promega's PowerPlex Fusion System is now approved for use in laboratories that generate DNA records for the National DNA Index System, the company said this week.

NDIS is the US national database containing over ten million offender profiles used to help authorities in solving criminal investigations nationwide, using the FBI's CODIS system.

This approval of PowerPlex Fusion follows the recent NDIS approval of PowerPlex Y23 in January.

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Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

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