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Bio-Rad Droplet Digital PCR-Based Assays

Bio-Rad Laboratories has launched droplet digital PCR Genome Edit Detection assays, which can characterize edits generated by CRISPR-Cas9 or other genome editing tools. The assays use ddPCR technology which increases the signal-to-noise ratio, allowing users to quantify extremely rare edits, even those with frequencies of 0.5 percent and from as little as 5 nanograms of genomic DNA. Users can expect to obtain results within one day.

The Scan

Octopus Brain Complexity Linked to MicroRNA Expansions

Investigators saw microRNA gene expansions coinciding with complex brains when they analyzed certain cephalopod transcriptomes, as they report in Science Advances.

Study Tracks Outcomes in Children Born to Zika Virus-Infected Mothers

By following pregnancy outcomes for women with RT-PCR-confirmed Zika virus infections, researchers saw in Lancet Regional Health congenital abnormalities in roughly one-third of live-born children.

Team Presents Benchmark Study of RNA Classification Tools

With more than 135 transcriptomic datasets, researchers tested two dozen coding and non-coding RNA classification tools, establishing a set of potentially misclassified transcripts, as they report in Nucleic Acids Research.

Breast Cancer Risk Related to Pathogenic BRCA1 Mutation May Be Modified by Repeats

Several variable number tandem repeats appear to impact breast cancer risk and age at diagnosis in almost 350 individuals carrying a risky Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1 founder mutation.