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Indigo Biosciences Gene Expression Assay Kit

Indigo has launched a gene expression assay kit featuring optimized "Upcyte" hepatocytes, which are human donor-derived liver cells established by Upcyte Technologies. The kit provides optimized reagents for culturing and treatment of Upcyte hepatocytes to examine drug-induced changes in the expression of seven clinically relevant cytochrome P450 enzymes. According to the firm, the hepatocytes combine the advantages of primary hepatocytes with the added practical advantage of having access to the same donor cells for use in iterative, large-scale testing over extended periods.

The Scan

Not Immediately Told

The US National Institutes of Health tells lawmakers that one of its grantees did not immediately report that it had developed a more infectious coronavirus, Science says.

Seems Effective in Kids

The Associated Press reports that the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children appears to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic disease.

Intelligence Warning on Bioeconomy Threats

US intelligence warns over China's focus on technologies and data related to the bioeconomy, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Campylobacteriosis Sources, Inherited Retinal Dystrophies, Liver Cancer Prognosis

In PLOS this week: approach to uncover source of Campylobacteriosis, genetic risk factors for inherited retinal dystrophies, and more.