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InDevR, a Boulder, Colo.-based life science company, this week announced that version 1.0 of the Influenza Titer on Chip is now available for purchase as a complete kit.

Flu-ToC is used as an alternative to single radial immunodiffusion for rapid quantification of influenza hemagglutinin protein in flu vaccines. The product uses a panel of subtype-specific antibodies that enable reliable quantification of hemagglutinin over a range of years, and can quantify HA protein in almost any medium including crude extract, bulk drug substance, and multivalent drug product, InDevR said.

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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.