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SomaGenics miR-ID Platform and Assays

SomaGenics has launched its miR-ID platform and assays for detecting miRNA using circularization-based RT-qPCR. The assays are highly sensitive, use single-dye detection, and can discriminate between miRNA isoforms with single nucleotide differences at any position along the molecule, said SomaGenics in a statement. The technology works well with all sample sources, including RNA, cell lysates, and tissue lysates. It also requires no enrichment for the analysis of total RNA for small RNAs, although it does analyze enriched fractions as well.

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.