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Qiagen QiaSymphony PowerFecal Pro DNA Kit

Qiagen has launched the QiaSymphony PowerFecal Pro DNA Kit for the isolation of microbial genomic DNA from stool and soil using the QiaSymphony automation platform. The new kit enables automated, time-saving, standardized extraction of inhibitor-free DNA from stool and soil samples for metagenomic analysis, and is designed for 192 samples with continuous loading of 24-sample batches. Qiagen said that its new PowerBead Pro tubes are included in the kit for homogenization. The beads and optimized chemistry enable more efficient lysis of bacteria and fungi.

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.