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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

Steps for Quick Review

The US Food and Drug Administration is preparing for the quick review of drugs and vaccines for the Omicron variant, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Moving Away From Using Term 'Race'

A new analysis finds that geneticists are using the term "race" in their papers less than in years past, as Science reports.

Point of the Program

The Guardian writes that some scientists have called the design of a UK newborn sequencing program into question.

Science Papers Present Multi-Omic Analysis of Lung Cells, Regulation of Cardiomyocyte Proliferation

In Science this week: a multi-omic analysis of lung cells focuses on RIT1-regulated pathways, and more.