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Bio-Rad QX One Droplet Digital PCR System

Bio-Rad this week launched the QX One Droplet Digital PCR system at the Association for Molecular Pathology meeting. The QX One is a single instrument that automates each step of the droplet digital PCR workflow including droplet generation, amplification, and droplet reading. The instrument has the capacity to run five 96-well plates simultaneously, providing the ability to analyze up to 480 samples per day. The system can detect four colors simultaneously for eight-plex CNV detection, five-plex mutation detection, and four-plex gene expression detection. It is compatible with current ddPCR supermixes, assays, and kits.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.