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Exact Dx Zika Verification Panel and Zika Low and High Run Controls

Exact Diagnostics has launched its Zika Verification panel and Zika Low and High Run controls. The Zika panel consists of five panel members, ranging from 100 copies per milliliter to 1 million copies per milliliter. The Zika High and Low Run control are manufactured following ISO 17511 Helping ensure consistent results. Both of these products were created using the Zika strain PRVABC59, and are value assigned using digital PCR. 

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Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.