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DiaCarta QClamp Gene Mutation Detection Kits

DiaCarta has launched a suite of CE-IVD marked TaqMan qPCR assays using the firm's QClamp XNA-based technology. The QClamp Gene Mutation Detection Kits detect common cancer mutations in genes such as KRAS, NRAS, BRAF, EGFR, PIK3CA, and JAK2. The assays can be used on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue biopsies as well as on cell-free DNA from liquid biopsy samples. They have been validated on the Thermo Fisher Scientific Quantstudio 5, Roche LightCycler 480, and Bio-Rad CFX384 standard real-time qPCR instruments.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.