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New England Biolabs NEBNext Ultra II RNA Library Prep Kits

New England Biolabs has launched an expansion of its NEBNext Ultra II NGS library preparation portfolio with the NEBNext Ultra II Directional RNA Library Prep kit and the non-directional NEBNext Ultra II RNA Library Prep kit. Both kits are designed for Illumina's next generation sequencing systems and are compatible with poly(A) mRNA isolation and ribosomal RNA depletion. Libraries can be constructed from a substantially broader input range (5 ng to 1 µg of total RNA) at high yields. They also use workflows that include new reagents, combined steps, and minimized cleanup steps.

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.