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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

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.