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Thermo Fisher Scientific TaqMan Advanced miRNA Assays

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched TaqMan Advanced miRNA Assays, pre-formulated primer and probe sets designed to detect and quantify mature miRNAs in biological samples. Together with the new TaqMan Advanced miRNA cDNA Synthesis Kit, the system is designed for the analysis of multiple miRNA targets, with improved sensitivity for low-abundance targets (as few as 60 copies of input RNA) in samples like plasma or serum, Thermo Fisher said. The cDNA synthesis kit uses a universal reverse transcription step, providing a streamlined workflow to analyze as many as 600 miRNAs from a single RT reaction.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.