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NanoString nCounter Enhancement Kits and Gene Expression Panels

NanoString has launched a new nCounter mRNA amplification kit, a universal cell capture kit, and two new nCounter assays. The nCounter Low RNA Input Kit employs multiplexed target enrichment to linearly amplify mRNA transcripts, enabling gene expression analysis with 1 nanogram to 10 nanograms of sample inputs. The kit is compatible with both pre-defined and custom panels. The Intracellular Compatible Universal Cell Capture Kit enables researchers to use the nCounter Vantage RNA:Protein Immune Cell Signaling Assay with as few as 20,000 cells. NanoString is also releasing two new assays. The RNA MAPK-PI3K Pathways panel provides a curated gene set to measure transcriptional activity of those pathways. The firm is also offering a gene expression panel for myeloid cell innate immune response in humans or mice, developed in partnership with Lisa Coussens of Oregon Health and Sciences University.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.