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Thermo Fisher VetMAX-Gold Swine Flu Subtyping Kit

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a real-time PCR diagnostic kit for molecular subtyping of swine influenza H and N subtypes in pigs. It is the fifth test from Thermo to be approved by the US Department of Agriculture, and the firm currently has more USDA-approved tests than any other company in the animal health space, as reported by GenomeWeb.

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Hormone-Based Gene Therapy to Sterilize Domestic Cat

A new paper in Nature Communication suggests that gene therapy could be a safer alternative to spaying domestic cats.

Active Lifestyle Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Prevention in People at High Genetic Risk

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows that an active lifestyle goes a long way in type 2 diabetes prevention.

Beneficial, Harmful Effects of Introgression Between Wild and Domesticated European Grapes

A paper in PNAS shows that European wild grapevines were an important resource for improving the flavor of cultivated wine grapes.

Genetic Ancestry of South America's Indigenous Mapuche Traced

Researchers in Current Biology analyzed genome-wide data from more than five dozen Mapuche individuals to better understand their genetic history.