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Norgen Biotek, GeneGo

Canadian firm Norgen Biotek last week launched its All-in-One Purification kit for the isolation of proteins, RNA, microRNA, and DNA sequentially from a single sample using one column. The use of phenol/chloroform or acetone is not necessary with the kit, according to the company.

GeneGo said the next release of MetaCore will include cow orthologs in a collaboration with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, which identified the matching bovine-mouse-rat-human orthologous pairs.
MetaCore 4.5, the latest version, already includes mouse, rat, fly, worm, yeast, chicken, chimpanzee, rhesus macaque, dog, and Plasmodium falciparum.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.