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qPCR Design Lab

Biosearch Technologies this week introduced qPCR Design Lab, a comprehensive website for assay design, oligo analysis, webinars, and references.

Visitors to qPCR Design Lab can quickly perform common dilution and resuspension calculations with an oligo toolbox or determine physical properties of an oligo with the OligoSpec calculator. Users can also visualize combinations of fluorophore absorption and emission spectra with the Spectral Overlay Tool for multiplexed qPCR, and can obtain reporter dye and quencher recommendations specific to their real-time PCR instruments.

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.