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Empirical Bioscience RTScript

Empirical Bioscience has launched RTScript, a cDNA synthesis kit that allows users to produce robust cDNA yields for qPCR and PCR in as little as 30 minutes. The kit is a modified version of M-MLV Reverse Transcriptase with RNase H activity deactivated and increased thermal stability, the company said. It contains all the reagents necessary for first strand cDNA synthesis including RNase-free water, ultrapure dNTPs, oligo (dT) primers, random hexamers, control RNA, and RNase inhibitor.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

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