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Integrated DNA Technologies this week released a double-quenched probe that the company said increases the accuracy and reliability of 5’ nuclease qPCR experiments.

As opposed to traditional probes, which have 20 to 30 bases between the dye and quencher, IDT's probe design positions an internal ZEN quencher nine bases from the 5’ fluorophore. "This shortened distance, particularly when combined with the standard 3’ quencher, significantly decreases background fluorescence and increases sensitivity," the company said.

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The New York City medical examiner is overseeing an effort to identify missing persons using DNA, according to the Associated Press.

Nobel laureate Günter Blobel has died at 81, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: mouse model of genetically induced emphysema, gene expression signatures of circulating melanoma cells, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

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