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Thermo Fisher Scientific's Applied Biosystems QuantStudio 3 and QuantStudio 5

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched the Applied Biosystems QuantStudio 3 and QuantStudio 5, real-time PCR systems that fully integrate with cloud computing technology. The systems are designed for low- to mid-throughput laboratories conducting real-time PCR experiments, and are the first to connect to the Thermo Fisher Cloud computing platform, allowing geographically dispersed researchers to collaborate online in real time and access their data wherever and whenever necessary. Laboratories can also share experimental conditions and results with their partners, provide a uniform experience for every user, and help minimize training and errors. The new instruments integrate with existing analysis workflows including next-generation sequencing, capillary electrophoresis, and qPCR applications. Interactive touch-screen controls allow scientists to directly manage experiments with intuitive commands. As with the existing QuantStudio 6, 7, and 12K Flex instruments, the 3 and 5 include the Thermo Scientific OptiFlex white LED optical system and VeriFlex thermal technology.

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Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.

Analysis of Endogenous Parvoviral Elements Found Within Animal Genomes

Researchers at PLOS Biology have examined the coevolution of endogenous parvoviral elements and animal genomes to gain insight into using the viruses as gene therapy vectors.

Saliva Testing Can Reveal Mosaic CNVs Important in Intellectual Disability

An Australian team has compared the yield of chromosomal microarray testing of both blood and saliva samples for syndromic intellectual disability in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

Octopus Brain Complexity Linked to MicroRNA Expansions

Investigators saw microRNA gene expansions coinciding with complex brains when they analyzed certain cephalopod transcriptomes, as they report in Science Advances.