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Thermo Fisher Applied Biosystems PowerUp SYBR Green PCR Master Mix

Thermo Fisher has launched the Applied Biosystems PowerUp SYBR Green PCR Master Mix, a pre-formulated, universal, 2X concentration master mix designed to improve the specificity and reproducibility of qPCR workflows. The mix contains proprietary Dual-Lock Taq DNA polymerase, which includes a combination of two hot-start mechanisms used to control Taq activation for increased specificity. The inclusion of UNG and dUTP enzymes also prevents previously amplified PCR products from contaminating subsequent qPCR reactions. The mix be used in either standard or fast cycling mode and is compatible with all qPCR instruments.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.