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AnaSpec and Epicentre Biotechnologies

AnaSpec this week launched the SensoLyte 520 Beta-Secretase Assay Kit for amyloid-related research. The kit was developed using a fluorescence resonance energy transfer peptide, HiLyte Fluor 488-Glu-Val-Asn-Leu-Asp-Ala-Glu-Phe-Lys(QXL 520)-OH. The company last week released 26 new peptides for drug discovery research. They include stromal target antigen, leuprolide acetate, and mCRAMP.


Epicentre Biotechnologies launched the PeriPreps Periplasting kit this week for solubilization of the outer membrane of E. coli cells, permitting rapid extraction of proteins from periplasmic space.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.