By Bernadette Toner

A team of researchers at Boston University is developing a microfluidic chip using a PCR alternative, claiming it could serve as the basis for low-cost, handheld molecular diagnostics for use in global health environments.

The key to the system is helicase-dependent amplification, an isothermal amplification method that is similar to PCR in many ways but does not require a thermal cycler, and is therefore more suitable for in-field use.

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The Washington Post reports on a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan to place rapid DNA analyzers at booking stations around the country.

In an editorial, officials from scientific societies in the US and China call for the international community to develop criteria and standards for human germline editing.

The US National Institutes of Health is to review studies that have received private support for conflicts of interest, according to the New York Times.

In Science this week: the PsychENCODE Consortium reports on the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, and more.

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Jan
30
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This webinar will provide a comparison of several next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches — including short-read 16S, whole-genome sequencing (WGS), and synthetic long-read sequencing technology — for use in microbiome research studies.