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Applied Biosystems' Multiplex TaqMan Assay for Zika Virus

Applied Biosystems has launched its Multiplex TaqMan Assay for Zika virus. This multiplex assay also detects other arboviruses, including dengue and chikungunya. It uses a one-step real-time PCR master mix to lyophilize once RNA is added. It is optimized for the company's QuantStudio 5 RT-PCR system, but is also suitable for the 7500, 7500 Fast, and other QuantStudio systems, Applied Biosystems said.

The Scan

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to an aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.