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Promega PowerQuant System

Promega has announced the release of the PowerQuant System, an STR analysis product to determine total human DNA concentration in a sample, quantify male DNA, assess integrity, and discover possible PCR inhibitors. The probe-based system uses four targets and five dyes to ensure that the DNA detected in the quantification steps will result in a usable STR profile. The system can be also used in tandem with the PowerQuant Analysis Tool program.

The Scan

Unwrapping Mummies' Faces

LiveScience reports that Parabon NanoLabs researchers have reconstructed how three Egyptian mummies may have looked.

Study on Hold

The Spectrum 10K study has been put on hold due to a backlash, leading the researchers to conduct consultations with the autism community, Nature News reports.

Others Out There Already

Reuters reports that Sanofi is no longer developing an mRNA-based vaccine for SARS-CoV-2.

PNAS Papers on GWAS False Discovery, PRAMEF2 Role in Tumorigenesis, RNA Virus Reverse Genetics

In PNAS this week: strategy to account for GWAS false-discovery rates, role of PRAMEF2 in cancer development, and more.