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Agilent Technologies AriaDx Real-Time PCR System

Agilent Technologies has launched the AriaDx Real-Time PCR System in territories recognizing the CE mark for in vitro diagnostics. The modular design of customer-changeable optics in the instrument enables laboratories to use AriaDx with just one optical cartridge, and add more (up to six total) as required. The touchscreen and accompanying analysis software incorporates customer-favored features from the Stratagene Mx series while further increasing and streamlining analysis capabilities, Agilent said. The platform can be used for assays detecting gene expression, allele discrimination, and genotyping, and it is compatible with existing fast chemistry-based assays that are DNA-binding and probe-based. 

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.