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Sygnis CovCheck Kit

Sygnis has launched the CovCheck kit, a PCR-based kit for whole genome amplification coverage to determine the quality and integrity of the amplified DNA. The kit includes 24 different sets of primer pairs each targeting a specific human chromosome and has a 96-well plate format. The product shows a strong correlation between the samples amplified and the real coverage obtained through whole genome sequencing, the company 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.