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Meridian Bioscience Air-Dryable RT-qPCR Mix

Meridian has launched its Air-Dryable RT-qPCR mix, a specialized master mix designed for air drying instead of lyophilization. The ready-to-use mix has ambient temperature stability and removes the need for cold chain shipping and storage, the company said. Its one-tube format chemistry contains all the reagents necessary for RT-qPCR, including magnesium, dNTP, and reverse transcriptase.

The mix is designed to simplify development, manufacturing, and storage of molecular tests, along with delivering fast detection of RNA targets, making the mix ideal for COVID-19 testing, the firm said. Meridian added that the mix has high performance in singleplex and multiplex reactions after rehydration.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.