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BioGenex Xmatrix Mini

BioGenex has launched its Xmatrix Mini system for simplified FISH, ISH, and in situ PCR applications. The system is equipped with eXACT temperature control, ten independent thermocyclers, and a reaction microchamber capability. It also comes with a waste management system that allows for on-board washing. The eXACT programmable PCR thermal cyclers allow for rapid heating and cooling up to 105℃ with an accuracy of 0.5°, and while the open system is compatible with reagents from any vendor, it offers validated pre-optimized reagents and protocols with a performance guarantee, the company said.

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Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people 65 and older or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.