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Beckman Coulter Life Sciences RNAdvance Viral XP

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences announced the launch of its new RNA extraction kit, RNAdvance Viral XP. The kit is validated for use in infectious disease and real-time PCR virus research and is intended for use in high-throughput settings to extract viral RNA from swab samples, the firm said. After it has been extracted, the RNA is used in qRT-PCR kits to determine whether the virus is present. Danaher subsidiary Beckman Coulter worked with next-generation sequencing company iRepertoire to develop the kit's method, which iRepertoire then independently validated. 

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.