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Covaris truXTRAC FFPE RNA Kit

Covaris has introduced the truXTRAC FFPE RNA Kit, which extracts high-quality RNA from FFPE tissue samples that is suitable for next-generation sequencing. The extraction method utilizes highly controlled, focused acoustic energy to remove paraffin from FFPE samples without the use of organic solvents, enabling efficient and rapid tissue rehydration, tissue digestion, crosslink reversal, and nucleic acid release, the firm said in a statement.  

The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.