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Streck Zulu RT qPCR Instrument

Streck has launched the Zulu RT, a rapid, modular qPCR instrument capable of simultaneously performing four independent experiments. The instrument uses proprietary thermal technology (ramp speeds of 15° C/second for heating and 12° C/second cooling) and powerful optics that enable it to perform a 40-cycle, six-channel, three-step real-time PCR protocol in less than 20 minutes for volumes from 10 µL to 50 µL. The system's modularity allows multiple users at once, in essence acting as four individual thermal cyclers in one, Streck said.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.