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Qiagen QiaSeq Direct SARS-CoV-2 Kit

Qiagen has launched the QiaSeq Direct SARS-CoV-2 Kit, a viral genome enrichment and library preparation product that the company said significantly reduces library turnaround times and plastics use compared with ARTIC project protocols (primer-based approaches for next-generation sequencing that are considered the gold standard for SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing). QiaSeq Direct SARS-CoV-2 supports sample multiplexing with up to 768 Dual Molecular Indices, unique markets tagged to molecules in a sample to eliminate downstream analysis errors. Starting from extracted viral RNA, the library prep workflow can be as little as four hours, Qiagen said. In addition, plastics usage can be reduced by as much as 50 percent. Qiagen said the new kit is supported by Qiagen's Digital Insights CoV-2 Insights Service, a cloud-based solution tailored to viral genome analysis, characterization, and reporting.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.