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Meridian Bioscience Inhibitor Tolerant 1-Step RT-qPCR Mix

Meridian Bioscience launched its Inhibitor Tolerant 1-step RT-qPCR Mix, an enzyme master mix that eliminates the need for an RNA extraction kit before running a sample through a molecular assay. Meridian developed the master mix formulation because it said RNA isolation and purification is time consuming and expensive. The company also noted that RNA extraction kits have been in short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

When combined with SARS-CoV-2 primers and probes, the proprietary master mix can be used by laboratories to eliminate RNA purification, reducing processing times by as much as 30 minutes and lowering test costs.  

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.