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Stilla Technologies Prism Six-Color Digital PCR System

Stilla Technologies has launched the Prism digital PCR system featuring six-color detection capability. The system builds upon the company's current three-color Naica digital PCR system and has been validated for use with a six-color lung cancer panel for EGFR mutation quantification in liquid biopsy-based monitoring in breast and rectal cancer. The company first described the six-color workflow for non-small cell lung cancer mutations in a proof-of-concept study published last year, and replicated the approach to validate the breast and rectal cancer panels.

The system has also been validated for use with a panel for detecting and quantifying genetically modified organisms in the food supply, the company said. The new system can provide results in under three hours, uses the same workflow as the Naica system, and is compatible with current Stilla consumables.

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Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.