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Omega Bio-tek Mag-Bind Viral RNA Xpress Kit for COVID-19 Testing

Omega Bio-tek launched the Mag-Bind Viral RNA Xpress Kit for COVID-19 testing. The new magnetic bead-based extraction kit is designed to isolate viral RNA from nasopharyngeal swabs that are dry or in viral transport media. The kits are adaptable to most liquid testing platforms, including the Hamilton Microlab STAR, Microlab MagEx STARlet, and NIMBUS; the Thermo Fisher Scientific KingFisher and Applied Biosystems MagMax 96; Qiagen BioSprint; and Tecan DreamPrep NAP. Omega Bio-tek said the kit enables researchers to reduce their number of reagents and protocol steps while allowing efficient recovery of viral nucleic acids with minimal inhibitor carryover.

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.