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Microbiologics SARS-CoV-2 RNA Process Control

Microbiologics has launched two new research-use-only products for COVID-19 research and quality control: a protein-coated RNA process control and an IVD control with pooled gene targets.

The new SARS-CoV-2 control features diagnostically relevant RNA sequences protected by phage protein, providing nuclease resistance even in nuclease-rich environments such as nasal secretions or plasma. This coating protects the RNA during the extraction process, preventing the false negatives that can occur with the use of naked RNA. The protein coating functions like the virus's protective envelope that sequesters and protects its RNA genome. Featuring genomic targets for all seven WHO COVID-19 testing protocols, this process control can be used for SARS-CoV-2 assay development, positive extraction, and spike-in controls.

The new SARS-CoV-2 Helix Elite control features a pool of large RNA molecules that match the viral sequences for the RdRp gene, S gene, E gene, and N gene. These pooled genetic targets offer broad compatibility with CDC- and WHO-specified test components to generate positive PCR signals.

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.