Bio-Rad has launched the one-step RT-ddPCR kit for probes to provide researchers with the ability to measure target RNA molecules for applications such as gene expression analysis, miRNA analysis, and viral load quantitation.

The new kit combines reverse transcription with droplet digital PCR on Bio-Rad's QX100 Droplet Digital PCR system to determine small differences in copy number of target RNA that were previously unable to be measured using real-time PCR, the company said.

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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.