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New England Biolabs RUO SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Colorimetric LAMP Assay Kit

New England Biolabs has launched a real-time loop-mediated isothermal amplifcation-based (RT-LAMP) assay kit to detect SARS-CoV-2. The research-use-only kit, called the SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Colorimetric LAMP Assay Kit, enables visual amplification detection using a simple heat source, with results in 30 minutes. The kit includes the firm's WarmStart Colorimetric LAMP 2X Master Mix with uracil-DNA glycosylase, a primer mix targeting the N and E regions of the SARS-CoV-2 genome, an internal control primer set and positive control template, as well as guanidine hydrochloride to increase the speed and sensitivity of the RT-LAMP reaction.

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.