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Quantabio Q Thermal Cycler

Quantabio has launched Q, a portable thermal cycler that weighs 4.5 pounds and processes up to 48 samples per run. The instrument can detect two-fold expression level differences and yields results in as little as 25 minutes without any calibration. Up to 10 instruments can be connected with Bluetooth, enabling processing of up to 480 samples in a single data set.

The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.