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Qiagen QiaPrep&Amp Viral RNA UM Kit

Qiagen has launched the QiaPrep&Amp Viral RNA UM Kit to simplify and accelerate PCR analysis in epidemiological studies of RNA viruses, including SARS-CoV-2. The new kit combines a two-minute, liquid-based sample preparation step with real-time PCR detection in a workflow that can be automated with standard lab equipment for any throughput, assay, and reaction need for both single-plex and multiplex testing. Qiagen said the workflow comprises taking an aliquot from a nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, or nasal swab in transport media; adding the aliquot to a buffer optimized for viral RNA template preparation without degradation; and combining this mixture with RT-qPCR reaction mix for subsequent real-time PCR on any thermal cycler using any assay. The entire workflow takes less than an hour compared to about three hours for standard extraction-based qPCR processes, and can be used to process up to 2,600 samples per eight-hour shift per thermal cycler, the company said.

The Scan

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."

From FDA to Venture Capital

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post.

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.