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Becton Dickinson Precise WTA Kits for Single-Cell Research

Becton Dickinson has launched the BD Precise WTA kits, which provide an easier method to identify and quantify genetic information in single cells. The kits include specialized reagents that can extract RNA molecules from individual cells and then "tag" each molecule with a unique molecular signature. Researchers stain a sample with dyes and insert the treated sample into a flow cytometer where the cells are lysed, barcoded, and further prepared for sequencing. Once sequenced, the cell data is processed and analyzed by a proprietary analysis pipeline specific for RNA quantification.

The Scan

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.