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Thermo Fisher Scientific QuantStudio 5 Real-Time PCR System

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched the Applied Biosystems QuantStudio 5 Real-Time PCR system for human identification. The system is designed to deliver efficient performance with a smaller footprint and lower annual maintenance costs, the company said. It has been optimized with the new HID Real-Time PCR Analysis Software v1.3, which allows researcher to perform data analysis with a virtual standard curve feature to minimize variation and reduce costs associated with using standards on every plate. The software also includes quantification and short tandem repeat setup features.

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.