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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

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.