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BioDot Rainmaker

Irvine, California-based BioDot has launched its Rainmaker picoliter volume printing platform. According to the liquid handling company, Rainmaker allows researchers to use up to 24 independent tips to dispense volumes ranging from 20 pL to several nLs at high speed. BioDot said the tool's programmable drop size and precision controls allow users to shrink assays to improve performance and reduce costs, while optimizing for rheology or surface characteristics. 

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.