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Beckman Coulter Apostle Minimax High Efficiency Cell-Free DNA Isolation Kit

Beckman Coulter has launched the Apostle MiniMax High Efficiency Cell-Free DNA Isolation Kit through an exclusive partnership with liquid biopsy firm Apostle. The tool is a magnetic nanoparticle-based kit that extracts cfDNA from plasma using manual or automated workflows. According to the firm, the kit performs reliably across a range of volume inputs while consistently recovering high quantities of cfDNA and effectively removing contaminants. 

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.