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Asuragen AmplideX PCR/CE DMPK Kit

Asuragen has launched the AmplideX PCR/CE DMPK Kit, a research-use-only assay designed to simplify analysis of repeat expansions in the DMPK gene, which is implicated in myotonic dystrophy type 1 (Steinert's disease). The repeat expansions in DMPK commonly extend beyond 1,000 CTG repeats and therefore have previously required the use of Southern blot technology to estimate their size, Asuragen noted, adding that its new kit is a significant improvement over this process.

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More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.