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Intrinsic Bioprobes this week launched three assays for protein biomarkers tied to kidney disease and renal failure.

The assays, which are based on the company's Mass Spectrometric Immunoassay technology, quantitate levels of beta-2-microglobulin, cystatin C, and retinol binding protein, which, the company said, are FDA-approved clinical markers for kidney disease and renal failure.

The assays will be offered out of the CLIA-certified diagnostic laboratory of the Institute for Genomics Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.


GE Healthcare this week launched its new Streptavidin Mag Sepharose magnetic beads and its MagRack Maxi magnetic rack.

The Mag Sepharose beads are for the purification of biotinylated biomolecules and have a more than 400-fold enrichment factor to enable increased identification of target proteins, the company said. The MagRack is designed to provide improved handling of samples.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.