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Qiagen QiAcuity One-Step Viral RT-PCR Kit for Wastewater Testing

Qiagen has launched a dedicated RT-PCR kit for SARS-CoV-2 wastewater testing on the company's QiAcuity Digital PCR platform. QiAcuity precisely quantifies minimal quantities of DNA and RNA, making it ideal for research tests for viruses, bacteria, or genetic disorders. The platform is available in a one-plate, four-plate, and eight-plate version, all of which feature flexible sample throughput and the ability to simultaneously detect up to five target sequences. This enables the QiAcuity Eight, for instance, to process up to 1,248 samples in one working day, Qiagen said.

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.