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Affymetrix 384-Well QuantiGene Singleplex Assay

Affymetrix has expanded its QuantiGene Singleplex Assay for PCR-free gene expression measurement to include a 384-well format. 

The assay requires minimal sample preparation, using branched DNA for signal amplification. Previously it was available only in a 96-well format.

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Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people 65 and older or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.