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Qiagen Investigator STR Assay Kits

Qiagen is now offering two genetic fingerprinting kits to simultaneously analyze multiple STRs. The kits incorporate a quality control sensor to enable labs to quickly determine whether evidence may provide valuable results. The Investigator 24plex QS Kit is designed for amplification of the new CODIS core and European Standard Set (ESS) marker sets from casework samples. The Investigator 24plex GO! Kit is for direct amplification of the new CODIS core and ESS marker sets from reference samples. The new kits comply with expanded marker sets, as well as Interpol and European standards. They also complement two other kits being launched in the US: the Investigator ESSplex SE QS Kit for amplification of the ESS marker set, and the Investigator Argus X-12 QS Kit for amplification of 12 X-chromosomal STR markers. 

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And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.