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Thermo Fisher Scientific MagMax Nucleic Acid Isolation Kits

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched several new MagMax nucleic acid isolation kits. The kits, which uses MagMax magnetic bead technology, are optimized for Thermo Fisher KingFisher Flex and Duo Prime instruments. The MagMax Microbiome Ultra Nucleic Acid Isolation Kit is designed to isolate RNA and DNA from microbiome samples such as stool and soil samples; the MagMax Viral/Pathogen Ultra Nucleic Acid Isolation Kit is made for recovering RNA and DNA from difficult-to-lyse microorganisms, including gram-positive bacteria, yeast, and fungi; and the MagMax Viral/Pathogen Nucleic Acid Isolation Kit is for isolating RNA and DNA from viral particles and gram-negative bacteria found in samples such as blood, swabs, urine, and viral transport media.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.