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NRichDx Revolution Sample Prep Semi-Automated Workflow

NRichDx has launched its semi-automated Revolution Sample Prep Workflow, powered by Eppendorf's epMotion 5073 instrument, for extraction of cell-free and circulating tumor DNA from a wide range of input sample volumes. The firm has designed the workflow to increase yield, sensitivity, and throughput by delivering more target cfDNA and ctDNA for molecular assays with increased automation and reduced hands-on technician time. The workflow allows for extraction from batches of eight to 24 samples in as little as three hours. 

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.