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Exosomics Siena SeleCTEV-DNA and SortEV-RNA

Exosomics Siena has launched its first proprietary liquid biopsy solutions, SeleCTEV-DNA and SortEV-RNA, which are both designed to aid selective isolation of tumor-derived nucleic acids from complex biofluids such as plasma or serum.

Unlike most liquid biopsy methods where total nucleic acids are harvested from blood Exosomics Siena's technology is based on the isolation and enrichment of tumor-derived exosomes. The new kits use unique affinity methods to select exosomes from which the DNA or RNA, respectively, can be extracted. Additionally, the SeleCTEV-DNA kit can be used to isolate circulating cell-free DNA in addition to DNA borne by exosomes.

Both tools are currently for research use only.

The Scan

Unwrapping Mummies' Faces

LiveScience reports that Parabon NanoLabs researchers have reconstructed how three Egyptian mummies may have looked.

Study on Hold

The Spectrum 10K study has been put on hold due to a backlash, leading the researchers to conduct consultations with the autism community, Nature News reports.

Others Out There Already

Reuters reports that Sanofi is no longer developing an mRNA-based vaccine for SARS-CoV-2.

PNAS Papers on GWAS False Discovery, PRAMEF2 Role in Tumorigenesis, RNA Virus Reverse Genetics

In PNAS this week: strategy to account for GWAS false-discovery rates, role of PRAMEF2 in cancer development, and more.