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Bio-Rad CFX Automation System II for Real-Time PCR

Bio-Rad Laboratories has launched the CFX Automation System II, a robotic plate handler that automates high-throughput real-time PCR for all Bio-Rad CFX Real-Time PCR Detection Systems. The automation system can operate one or two CFX PCR systems with a single plate handler, and is easily integrated with LIMS, Bio-Rad said. The system also features software that enables the integration of Bio-Rad's PrimePCR assays.

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Hormone-Based Gene Therapy to Sterilize Domestic Cat

A new paper in Nature Communication suggests that gene therapy could be a safer alternative to spaying domestic cats.

Active Lifestyle Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Prevention in People at High Genetic Risk

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows that an active lifestyle goes a long way in type 2 diabetes prevention.

Beneficial, Harmful Effects of Introgression Between Wild and Domesticated European Grapes

A paper in PNAS shows that European wild grapevines were an important resource for improving the flavor of cultivated wine grapes.

Genetic Ancestry of South America's Indigenous Mapuche Traced

Researchers in Current Biology analyzed genome-wide data from more than five dozen Mapuche individuals to better understand their genetic history.